Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.
Our favourite version of "inferior good" is to take something the Lord said to us at a different time and use it to override what He said, or what He is saying in the present moment.
Clearly, the word of the Lord to Moses was "speak to the rock". However, Moses remembered the last time they had needed water he had struck the rock, in response to the Lord's instruction and water had gushed out.
This version of "inferior good" became the ultimate roadblock to Moses entering the Promised Land.
so, as we continue to journey through the Year 5779, this is my prayer for you:
........ that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment (between good & inferior good), that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Emphasis added)
And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
What was the "good" that God wanted for Sarai and Abraham?
That Sarai would give birth to Isaac in her old age.
But as the years went by an "inferior good" came into play.
This inferior good was the widely accepted cultural norm of the day. If a wife could not conceive she would give her maidservant to her husband as a surrogate.
The result was the birth of Ishmael whose descendants have warred against the descendants of Isaac even to this day.
What has "inferior good", in the guise of cultural norms, birthed that is now at war with the purposes of God for your life.
“but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' ”
Where did Eve get the idea that "nor shall you touch it" was what God had said?
Clearly Adam must have conveyed this to her.
So, what if the picture above actually carries in it an element of truth, in that, the serpent is "touching" the tree, with no ill effects.
"Nor shall you touch it" is a glowing example of inferior good.
If Eve did not "touch" the tree then she could never eat of the tree; if she did not eat of the tree then death could not steal her away from Adam. Bottom line, Adam did not want to be left alone again so his insurance policy was to add on "nor shall you touch it" to what God had actually said.
In essence, inferior good is adding my carnal wisdom to what God has actually said; all the while believing it is a good thing that I have done.
As we progress through this Year 5779 we will do well to review our definition of what is "good" whilst looking through the lens of Revelation 22:18:
For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;