Testing God

Text: Hebrews 3:7-11

This lesson briefly considers three examples of those who tested God so that we might see the consequences of such actions and learn from their mistakes.

What Does It Mean to Test God?

  • To disobey His word (Hebrews 3:7-11, 15-19) – what is in our hearts leads to action (v. 10); disobedience is tied to unbelief (v. 18-19)
  • To add to His word (Acts 15:7-12) – God has given proof for His word (v. 8,12), while the words of man have no such proof; adding to His word is the same as putting a yoke on the neck of our brethren (attempt to usurp Christ’s authority – Matthew 11:29)
  • To demand that God prove Himself beyond the written word (Matthew 4:5-7) – we have ample evidence to believe God (Romans 10:17), so demanding further proof is a lack of faith; it seeks to bind God to our misinterpretation of His word

What Are the Consequences of Testing God?

  • We provoke God (Hebrews 3:15-16)
  • We make God angry (Hebrews 3:17)
  • We will fall (Hebrews 3:17)
  • We will not enter His rest (Hebrews 3:18-19)

Learn from Their Mistakes

  • Do not test God (Hebrews 4:1-2) – instead, have faith
  • Be diligent to enter that rest (Hebrews 4:11) – obey Him in all things

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