a. Brother Ananias and Sister Sapphira tempted God by lying to Apostle Peter
Members of  the early church began the practice of selling their possessions and bringing the cash into the church with the intent of supporting the less fortunate. Brother Ananias and Sister Sapphira, a husband and wife team, decided to run a scheme one day in an attempt to get some public recognition.
Brother Ananias was first on the scene, but Apostle Peter discerned the lie and rebuked him for LYING TO GOD.  Brother Ananias  was sentenced to instant death.  Scriptures revealed that satan was the source of the lie (as usual) and that a lie to an Apostle is a lie made to God.
Sister Sapphira  followed suit soon after and she too caused the Lord to become irate with her lie. She too died instantly. You may ask why the judgment was so severe. God  told me that they had shown disrespect to His Apostle:
Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt 3985 the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband [are] at the door, and shall carry thee out (Acts 5: 9).
b. The early church tempted God by attempting to force the Gentile believers to become circumcised according to the Law of Moses
The early church faced its first doctrinal conflict when certain false teachers from Jerusalem went down to Antioch and taught the believers that they must be circumcised to be saved.  When Apostle Paul and Barnabas withstood this teaching, the church decided that the matter should be taken to a General Conference at Jerusalem.   We learn from Apostle Peter’s statements on the issue that legalistic doctrines can aggravate the Lord:
Now therefore why tempt 3985 ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (Acts 15: 10).
c. Believers can tempt Christ to anger by living according to the lusts of the flesh
Apostle Paul warned the early believers and us to flee from lusts such as idolatry, carousing, fornication and complaining, He used the example of the Jews in the wilderness who were killed by serpents after they aggravated God with similar conduct.

nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted3985, and were destroyed by serpents … 

Now all  these things happened to them as examples … (1 Cor 10: 5  – 11).
d.  God calls it provocation when believers harden their hearts against His Word
God becomes provoked by rebellious believers, just as He was provoked by the Jews who perished in the wilderness:
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
When your fathers tempted3985 me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in [their] heart; and they have not known my ways

(Hebrews 3: 7  – 9).

More to come.  Blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection.

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