Genesis 8:1-5 Don’t Tempt God

 1And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;

 2The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

 3And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

 4And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

 5And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

Imagine how long they were in this ark. It must have seemed like an eternity. Now God has remembered Noah and everything on the ark. He never actually forgets Noah; His active attention has turned again towards mankind. He causes a great wind to come over the earth to make the waters subside. Notice here that God uses natural events to make things happen on natural things. He could just make the water subside with no real action, yet He chooses to work naturally on the natural earth. God works with laws that He created. He can break these natural laws if He wishes but He does not. Why??

For our own good.

Our earth is a fragile thing and it can be thrown into chaos with the slightest disturbance. God had set boundaries and laws up for the waters and He is going about setting those boundaries back up – for the earth and for man’s sake. The same is true for man. God set laws in order for our benefit and for our survival. Without these laws there would be chaos of the worst kind. Gravity is a law set up by God. Gravity keeps us here on the earth by all the forces that God has set into place – earth’s rotation, the slant of it’s axis – if any of these things are disturbed then we would float off into the universe.

We can try to break these laws if we wish, but we have an instant pre-programmed in a sense, knowledge that gravity hurts and kills. If you break the law of gravity, depending on where you are, you get hurt or dead, if you are high enough. God could stop it if He wishes but that is why He has placed in us the knowledge towards it and the fear of it so that we know there is trouble if we break it.

This could be what Jesus had in mind in Matthew 4

5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

‘ He shall give His angels charge over you,’

and,

‘ In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’

7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’

Here Satan has come to tempt Him and in this temptation, he dares Jesus to jump from the pinnacle of the temple. It is believed that this exact area was around 350 feet in the air and the highest pint on the temple. Had Jesus jumped from it, He, being fully God and fully man at the same time could have been killed, thereby negating His death on the cross.

It’s the same with the Law of God

Jesus said that if He were raised like the serpent in the wilderness that He would draw all men to Him. He is speaking of the account in Numbers where Moses made a snake and placed it on a pole. One would think that God would be telling him to create an idol of some kind (There is an account of where it is said that this serpent on a pole actually did become an idol later on in Jewish history)

And now Jesus is saying something to the effect that He was like the serpent. I know that this is an odd thing to me because almost every instance you see a serpent mentioned in the Bible it denotes a bad thing. The first time we see a serpent we witness a crafty deceiving, lying animal used by Satan to trick man into falling out of fellowship with God. Satan is called the serpent in Revelation. We are born under sin; we are born under the death from sin through Adam. We are in rebellion against God without Jesus and in a sense we are like the serpent. We have not only been infected by the venom of transgression we are sinful snakes because we are born into sin and we have no way of saving ourselves because we lack the antidote.

But God wouldn’t have us stay in this infected state.

We are made free from the Law through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:2-4)

1 Peter 2:24

Notice that in Scripture that the cross is called a tree (Galatians 3:10-13)

Jesus came to this earth to die for us. He came to redeem us from the curse of the Law. He became sin; He became a curse for us.

Read John 3:14-18

And Numbers 21:4-9

God had saved the children of Israel. He had taken them out of Egypt. He had supplied their way and their provisions, but they continued to complain and whine. So God gives them something to complain about. He sends snakes among them. Fiery snakes (this either refers to their color or the burning of their venom) many people were bitten and many died. They came to Moses and exclaimed, “We have sinned against God! Please pray for us and ask God to take these snakes away!” So Moses prayed and God told him to make a serpent and set it upon a pole and anyone who looked at the serpent would be saved from death.

The Law is like the snakes venom. It teaches us a lesson. Paul calls the Law our schoolmaster (Galatians 3:24-25) The Law is there to make us realize that we are sinners and that we are in need of a Savior because we can’t save ourselves. The venom of sin bites us all. And like the children of Israel looked to the serpent on the pole, the snake of sin, we need to look to Jesus (Who became sin for us) because He is the only way to salvation. Jesus took many things for us on the cross.

He took our sins. He became sin for us.

He took the suffering that we deserved.

He took the separation that we were destined for

He took it all for us when He was nailed to the cross.

He heals the death, the sting of sin, but that is just the beginning.

Jesus Christ lives!!! He is not dead. He was raised up from the grave and He lives at the Fathers’ Right Hand. And we live now because He lives. When you accept Jesus as your savior, you are freed from the sting of sin and the hurt of death. He gives us newness of Life. Accept His payment for your sins today and live through Him. Don’t continue to tell God that you are going to “tempt” Him by breaking His Laws. Let Jesus into your heart and life and be free. Praise the name of Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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