Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,and give no opportunity to the devil.
Over recent days I have been listening to teaching on the courts of heaven.
In the process of meditating on that teaching the Holy Spirit led me to the above verses in Ephesians, highlighting the word "opportunity".
After some digging I discovered that this word is connected to the word "place' in the following verse:
And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?
This word "place" means “standing place” or “give place to, instead of”. The root of this word gives the following meanings: to be established, to be proven, to make binding.
So, what if we were to take this lead and view this occurrence of “place” from a legal perspective?
Before you can bring a case before the courts you must establish place or standing at law.
So, in Exodus 17:7 who is the case against?
Answer: the Lord, Jehovah the Existing One.
The name Massah, in this text, means "temptation" and the name Meribah means "strife or contention".
So, what is it then the people were tempted to do?
The root word that Meribah comes from gives us the answer as it means: “to conduct a case or suit (legal), sue”.
The people were tempted to put Jehovah on trial and conduct a suit against Him for, in their opinion, not being present with them!!!
Have you ever been tempted to put Jehovah on trial?
I certainly have. So, Paul instructs me in Ephesians that every time I have done so I have given "opportunity" or legal standing to the accuser to bring a case against me.
So, be careful what you say.