Can someone help resolve a difficulty?
Christ said, in Luke 11:
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.d
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
However, in Numbers 21 (read last Sunday):
From Mount Hor they set out by way of the Red Sea, to bypass the land of Edom, but the people’s patience was worn out by the journey;
so the people complainedd against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in the wilderness, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!”*
So the LORD sent among the people seraph* serpents, which bite the people so that many of the Israelites died.
So…the Israelites were tired of the food and wanted something better…and God gave them snakes.
Before someone says “they were complaining, not being thankful”, is it the mark of a good Father that he only refrains for handing his children snakes when they have the proper attitude?