“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open unto you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
“And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.” – Malachi 3:10-12
A curse had fallen upon Israel. When Israel kept the laws of the Lord, they prospered, they were given victory over all their enemies, their fields yielded abundantly, and they dwelt in security and peace. But in the days of Malachi the commandments were not kept and want, distress, and afflictions overtook them. Then the prophet Malachi was sent to them. He told them the cause of their troubles. They had robbed God. Then the Lord told them through the prophet how they could again be prospered, though He knew that they would neither believe nor obey.
The Bible is God’s message to men for all time. It is true today that if men would keep the Divine laws summarized in the two great commandments, they would dwell in security, abundance, and peace.