Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
03/12/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 538: We Can't Test God
The Israelites thought they could put God on trial. So did Eve. But they can’t; no one can.
Eve suffered from the same disease as the Israelites: they were not satisfied with God.
James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
In Eden, Eve ate the forbidden fruit to test God: was He correct that they would really die?
After the sin, realizing God was right and they were wrong, they felt guilty and hid. Gen.3:3-8
At first, they were not satisfied with the good trees that God provided; now they sought protection under them. At the root, they didn’t trust that God was really in control.
In reality, God put the Israelites on trial at Massah. They were never satisfied, no matter how much provision and protection God gave them. God made a powerful closing argument:
Psa.95:10-11 For 40 years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.” Therefore I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter my rest.”
If anyone thinks they can provide for themselves without God – if anyone lacks self-control – the cure is gratitude to God.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.