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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Luke 4:12

Luke 4:12 And Jesus answered him, "It is said, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'"

This is Jesus responding to the third (in Luke) temptation by which the enemy tried to trap Him: to make some public move that would require God to act. It is clear that unless specifically instructed to do so, we are not to test God. We are not to expose Him or His name to risk or ridicule either for our comfort or security, or for others to see Him at work. For example, the text:

Malachi 3:10 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

has long been used (and abused) to encourage (sometimes less than) freewill offerings from reluctant donors. While given as a promise to its original audience and echoed by the Spirit throughout the centuries since, it is a covenant calling of faithfulness rather than a tool or means of testing God.

Posted By Jonathan, 5:00am Comment Comments: 1

Thursday, 25 July 2019
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Been there, done that and repented! To me now it means I need to test my motive behind all my actions, especially any that require some form of sacrifice.

Posted By Chris Roe 08:12am