Note: Why is it the closer we are to some people we have a tendency to provoke them? We are to edify each other and know our position in Christ so we are secure in who we are becoming in Him.
“How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, And grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy,” Psalm 78:40-42
Barnes: (40) “The meaning here is that the conduct of the Hebrews was such as was suited to cause pain – as the conduct of a disobedient and rebellious child is.”
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” I Corinthians 10:21-22
Poole: (22) “It is most applied to God to express his anger against those who give Divine homage to idols; the worship of God being a great piece of his glory which he hath said he will not give to another, nor his praise to graven images, Isaiah 42:8.”
Our Hope… follow Him
“So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.” Luke 5:11