HOLDING BACK. . . . . Malachi 3:6-12 Malachi urged the people not to hold back their gifts to the priests, their “tithes.” Tithing began during Moses’ time (Leviticus 27:30-34; Deuteronomy 14:22). The Levites received some of the tithe because they couldn’t have land (Numbers 18:20-21). During Malachi’s day, the tithes were not used to support God’s workers, so the Levites had to go to work. God has given us everything. When we refuse to return to him a part of what he has given, we rob him. Do you selfishly want to keep all you’ve been given, or are you willing to return the first part for advancing God’s kingdom?