Too Much

“Have you found honey? Eat only what you need,
That you not have it in excess and vomit it” (Proverbs 25:16).
The children of Israel in the wilderness complained about the manna and wanted some of the foods they had in their slavery in Egypt (Numbers 31). The Lord gave them quail for a whole month, so much that they had it running out their nostrils. It became loathsome to them. Too much
Centuries later the people demanded a king from the Lord. They wanted to be like all the nations surrounding them. Samuel warned them of the heavy price they would pay to have a king (1 Samuel 8). Their sons and daughters would be taken for various services. Their money and crops would go to support the king. It didn’t matter, they wanted a king. Too much.
Writing about a heresy in his day, John said, “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9). The error of these false teachers was that they taught more than they needed to teach. They did not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. Separating fleshly Jesus from a spiritually pure Christ, they thought to go beyond the teaching about Christ to a new level of knowledge. Going beyond God’s teaching cost them a relationship with God. Too much.
In an entertainment — driven society, some are clamoring for more than God offers. Not satisfied with the manna of singing a cappella, they want to be like all the religious groups around them and go beyond the teaching of Scripture. To justify their desires they substitute the word “praise” for “worship” and call their praise a “concert.” Since they have their praise concerts on days other than Sunday, they figure it must be all right. They want too much and will not be denied.
Too much is still too much. Going beyond is still going beyond. “Transgression” (parabasis) is “going beyond the prescribed limits” to do what you want, as you want, and when you want (Hebrews 2:2). Transgression is disobedience. It is not listening to God to see what He desires; it is going too far to fulfill our own desires.
Too much.

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