“God is not Mocked” (Ready to Worship S6E10)

Ready to Worship Season 6, Episode 10 for Friday, November 3, 2017

On this season of Ready to Worship, we have been trying to come to know God better by examining the God is and the God is not statements of the Bible. In this podcast, we will notice that God is not mocked.

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On this season of Ready to Worship, we have been trying to come to know God better by examining the God is and the God is not statements of the Bible. In this podcast, we will notice that God is not mocked.
To the saints at Galatia, Paul wrote, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Gal. 6:7). Since the beginning of time, God has had a seed principle in place. Everything produces after its kind. Consider what Moses recorded in the first chapter of Genesis, “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good” (Gen. 1:12).
The fact of the matter is that we reap what we sow. We can’t do the wrong thing in worship and reap God’s pleasure. Cain is a good example of this truth. In the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, we read, “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh” (Heb. 11:4). We usually focus on the words “by faith” in this passage. I understand that. We usually connect the fact that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17). I get that too. But I want to focus on the word “righteous.” The righteous man is the man who does what is right. Abel did what was right. Cain did not. Cain thought that he could worship the wrong way and still be accepted by God. He thought that he could sow one thing and reap another. However, God is not mocked. Consider the record that is found in the fourth chapter of Genesis. We read, “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him” (Gen. 4:3-7). If Cain had done well or done right, God would have accepted him. However, he did not. He offered what he wanted instead of what God wanted. God would not be mocked by Cain or anyone else. He rejected Cain’s offering and allowed Cain to reap the fruits of what he had sown.
As we get ready to worship this week, let’s remember that God is not mocked. We will reap what we sow.

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