Tempting God

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How is God and The Holy Spirit Tempted?

by Ayo Fabiyi

When dealing with the question of how we tempt God, we must first know who/ what the evil is:

Gen 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Mat 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

So Jas 1:13-15 deals with the operation of temptation WITHIN Man, HOW Mankind, “sinful flesh”… being evil, CAN and is tempted with its kind, it’s root, EVIL and succumbs to that evil. It does conclude EVIL, (that is the unclean spirit in Adamic flesh) cannot tempt the Holy Spirit of God, nor can the Holy Spirit of God succumb to evil, unlike Man, because the two are contrary to each other having zero appeal. (Gal 5:17).

Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted [ Greek: “peirazoÌ„”], I am tempted [ Greek: “peirazoÌ„”] of God: for God cannot be tempted [ Greek: “apeirastosâ€] with evil, neither tempteth [ Greek: “peirazoÌ„”] he any man:
Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

The Greek word “apeirastos” referred to here in connection with God means “not temptable” – the Father has “no variableness, neither shadow of turning”.
“God [ HIMSELF, the Father] is not tempted with evil” means the holy spirit of God cannot be tempted with unclean flesh. However, the means which the scripture can use the word “God is tempted” is through the mediator, Christ himself, “in the days of his flesh”, “partaker of flesh and blood” “seed of Abraham”, which today is via His Body, the prophets of old like Moses as type, apostles, pastors, teachers, etcetera, who was and is in the realm of temptation today in the present evil age.

Num 14:22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, [… HOW??–>] and have not hearkened to my voice;

…”not hearkened to my Voice” is they did not listen to Moses or regard the word of The Lord via His prophets.
Christ, in the days of his flesh, was and is tempted with evil that is all in the world. The Spirit of God the Father that led Christ, in sinful temptable flesh, is contrary and manifests to the fullness in him. The Father CANNOT be tempted, provoked, with evil. We can only know this through the temptation of Christ. There was NOTHING of this world that was in Christ’s heart, (the Fathers throne) for him to succumb to and “worship… serve”.
So God was tempted through the flesh of Christ. The flesh tries, provokes and tempts God by the same principle, in NOT worshipping, or serving God according to the spirit, but in obedience to “all that is in the world”.
We, as in Adam, tempt the Lord the same way we hate The Lord, that is, in NOT Keeping His commandments:

1Co 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
Psa 78:17-18 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. 18 And they tempted God in their HEART by asking meat for their lust.
Psa 78:40-41 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! 41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
Psa 78:56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies.

So we tempt or provoke God when we do not keep his Word. That is when we are first under sin… in unbelief:

Heb 3:8-9 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

HOW…?

Heb 3:16-18 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
Deu 6:16-17 Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted him in Massah. [.. how can we not tempt God?] 17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.

Adam and Eve tempted and provoked God in the garden by NOT diligently keeping His word but in type, asking meat for their lust and obedience to Satan:

Psa 106:13-14 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: 14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, [ garden of Eden] and tempted God in the desert.

When we lust for the things of this world, as Eve lusted, and we render not unto God the things that are of God, and we become crafty and lie to the spirit of the Lord in His prophets / Body, then all that is one and the same as “provoking… tempting God”:

Luk 20:21-25 And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly: 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no? 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me? 24 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s. 25 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.

Not doing that is to “tempt the spirit of The Lord”… as Ananias and Sapphira did:

Act 5:2-3 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Act 5:9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

God cannot be tempted with our craftiness and lies to become one with it, however much we provoke him. Obedience to the flesh is the great provocation, temptation.

Neh 9:16-18 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments, 17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not. 18 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations; [ to God]

Anyone with the earnest spirit of The Lord will be greatly provoked / greatly tempted to be angry when a “molten calf” is made before their eyes, which causes many “to refuse to obey”. That is how we tempt and provoke God – in not hearkening to God’s commandments and refusal to obey.

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