1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Learn from the past
“These things happened as warnings to us” (v.6). It is true that as Christians we are free, but Paul gives a very serious warning about abusing that freedom, about taking God for granted and being arrogant, about compromise and about legalism. The Corinthians – and we – should learn the lesson before it is too late. We continue to read the Old Testament stories today precisely because of what they teach us about God and about man’s relationship with God. We can learn from the past, and as we continue to hear these stories God continues to teach us – if we have ears to hear. The Israelites, God’s chosen people, suffered because they gave way to idolatry, to immorality, to grumbling and complaining, and to putting God to the test (presuming upon his forgiveness and straining his patience). Whenever these sins creep into the community of God’s people, then there is grave danger: the slippery downward slope into rejecting God has begun. Almost all those Israelites who had been in Egypt died in the wilderness and did not enter the Promised Land: that privilege was left for their children; they themselves were prohibited by their sin. As we journey through this life, our “Promised Land” is the Kingdom of God – but shall we throw away our hope of entry?