“… as you tested him at Massah.”

“You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah.” (Deuteronomy 6:16) Massah is a word that means “test” and it was given that name because this was the place where the Hebrew people complained about a lack of water. Jesus quoted that verse of scripture when he was being tempted in the wilderness by the devil to prove his divine nature. He resisted this temptation by quoting this verse: “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”
 
I have to tell you that I have been absolutely disgusted by the behavior of some pastors and churches during this pandemic. Seeing buildings full of worshipers without masks and to hear pastors arrogantly claiming divine protection is just foolish and stupid. It makes me embarrassed for the Church and as a person of faith. You have to wonder why those who claim to know the Bible so well don’t know this one: “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”
 
I miss being in worship with you — but we will not test God or fate or luck. I hope you are joining us online. It is not the same but it is a meaningful time for many. My scripture verse that I come back to time and again comes from Micah: “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.”
 
Steve
 

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