SATURDAY March 17, 2018
Do Not Misrepresent God
…all ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies
were scattered in the wilderness.
1 Corinthians 10:3-5
Paul was reflecting back on everything in Israel’s history in the Old Testament. Paul knew all the stories and used his knowledge to give a clear account of what took place in the New Testament Scriptures. This was a great benefit to the Church in Corinth.
At this particular time in the wilderness of Zin, the children of Israel were thirsty again. In Numbers 20:3-1, they contended with Moses and said:
“If only we had died when our brethren died before the Lord! Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here?”
Moses went to the Lord with the children of Israel’s quarrel. God directed him to speak to the rock. This became a test for the leader––Moses. In anger, he hit the rock once, and then twice, and then the water came out abundantly. God asked Moses, “Why did you misrepresent me to the people as an angry God, when I was never angry with the people?”
Sadly, as a result of misrepresenting God, Moses was unable to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 20:12). However, even though he was not allowed to cross over the Jordan River, God would allow Moses to see the Promised Land from a distance (Deuteronomy 34:1-4).
There can be many areas in our lives in which we have misrepresented God to the people around us. How have you misrepresented God?
Be careful, dear friends, that you do not misrepresent God yourselves. You who murmur; you who say that God deals hardly [barely] with you, you give God an ill character… and so you stain the honor of God.
~C. H. Spurgeon~
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