Since the beginning of time, people have been questioning what God says!
They questioned His Word when it was spoken directly to them and we question it today as we read and study the Word.
We love to quote motivational and encouraging verses because they feel good to us, but sometimes we struggle with the Word when it appears to be in contrast to what WE want or what WE feel or what WE believe we know about the Lord.
Learn how questioning what the Lord says can lead to treading into dangerous territory, as well as who is leading you there!
Questioning God – Did God Really Say…?
As I mentioned, calling God’s Word into question has been going on since the Garden of Eden.
In Genesis 2:15-17 we read:
So we see that Adam and Eve were given the Garden of Eden and all that it afforded them. All the blessings of the Lord were theirs, including the very presence of Adonai! Genesis tells us the Lord walked in the garden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8) and spoke with them.
They were given ONE restriction! God gave them the fullness of His blessings with ONE restriction. Mankind and the Lord in relationship with one another! Paradise!
In Genesis 3:1 we read:
Did God REALLY say that you must not eat from that tree??? Are you SURE that is what He said? Surely a God who wants to give you all things wouldn’t keep that one thing from you so if He DID then it had to be because He wants to keep you from being as powerful as He is! He is trying to keep something good from you!
“God is withholding power from you! He is withholding good from you! God says don’t touch that tree because He is keeping better things from you! And you can have it all if you just don’t listen to Him!”
And that serpent hasn’t stopped that message, even today! “God is withholding something from you”, “God doesn’t want you to be happy”, “God would rather bless that other person than you”. The lies have persisted for millenia.
We Still Question God’s Word Today
People will always question whether or not what the Word says is interpreted correctly in an effort to justify certain actions or behaviors. When they come across a verse that seems to indicate what they are doing is wrong they will say “Well, doesn’t that really mean….?” or “Well that is just a matter of interpretation and can mean different things.”
We begin to create Scripture of our own making so that we can interpret it any way we like so it fits into whatever box we want to put God in.
After all, we often don’t want to make uncomfortable changes in our lives. We don’t want to give up things we enjoy! So GOD must be wrong, not us.
God commands us not to create a god in our own image and when we interpret scripture in a way that suits our situation, we are saying “To me, God is….” and creating a god of our own making; a god who is ok with what we do.
TO ME it says…
TO ME God is…
TO ME it means…
These are all idols as much as if we erected a golden calf in our own living room! We’ve created a god that suits us and we worship THAT one instead of the One who says “I am Hashem your God!” (Exodus 20:2)
The Serpent in Our Garden
When we are tempted, when we are faced with decisions in life, when we are struggling with sin, the serpent in our garden whispers to us and asks us if the Word is REALLY what God meant or are we misinterpreting it somehow and if we ARE getting it right, then God must be afraid of us becoming too powerful for Him somehow!
It is a lie the enemy has used since creation and with good reason; it’s an effective one.
All along the enemy’s mantle are metaphorical trophies with human faces for each and every God-Follower he has led astray and he has a spot dusted off for yours too.
You are his prize! Don’t let him have you! Take every thought captive!
Every time he can lead you further away from the Lord, every time he can make you question the Word, every time he can distract you with lies, he dusts off that mantle as he chips away at your faith!
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Eve’s name in Hebrew is Chava. The root of this name is Chaya, meaning ‘living’. The Hebrew phrase “l’chaim” means “to life” with “chaim” being from that same root word.
In Genesis 3:20 it says:
Chava was the mother of the living but the serpent wanted to bring sin and death. He is the destroyer! He wanted to make sure the children of Chava never had a chance.
Job 1:7 tells us:
He prowls around the earth looking for opportunities to lead the children of Chava, the children of life, to death!
In Genesis 3:15 we read:
It didn’t stop with Chava. It continues on with her children; with you and with me. God’s Word breathes life into our lives but the enemy spews lies and death!
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Psalm 119:160 TLV
"Truth is the essence of Your word, and all Your righteous rulings are eternal."
Proverbs 3:5-6 CJB
"Trust in Adonai with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level your paths."
Joshua 1:8-9 TLV
"This book of the Torah should not depart from your mouth—you are to meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. For then you will make your ways prosperous and then you will be successful. Have I not commanded you? Chazak! Be strong! Do not be terrified or dismayed, for Adonai your God is with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 86:11 NASB
"Teach me Your way, O Lord;I will walk in Your truth;Unite my heart to fear Your name."
Psalm 119:89 NASB
"Forever, O Lord,Your word is settled in heaven."
Proverbs 30:5-6 TLV
"Every word of God is purified.He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words, or else He will rebuke You and prove you a liar."
Deuteronomy 12:32 NASB
"Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it."
Numbers 23:19 NASB
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?"
2 Timothy 2:15 NASB
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth."
Revelation 22:18-19 NASB
"I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book."
Heeding God’s Word
God’s Word is true and firm. We do not have the right to change it to suit our needs. It is clear that doing so is nothing short of rebellion and if you lead others astray you will bear that responsibility as well.
Do not believe the enemy’s lies! Do not believe him when he entices you to be rebellious! When he speaks lies to you, counter those lies with the truth of what God says in His Word! He is already defeated! Remind him of that fact!
CJB – Taken from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. www.messianicjewish.net.
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Tree of Life (TLV) – Scripture taken from the Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version*. Copyright © 2014,2016 by the Tree of Life Bible Society. Used by permission of the Tree of Life Bible Society.