Saturday, December 04, 2010

Israel's Ensample

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 KJV
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

These are two of the more well known passages in the New Testament. It is important to see them in the context of the Jews in the wilderness.

First they had huge spiritual experiences.
• The plagues of Egypt
• The Passover meal
• The deaths of all the firstborn of Egypt
• The parting of the Red Sea
• The manna in the wilderness
• The pillar of God's presence as well as
• Moses' Sinai experiences
These were a spiritually privileged people to say the least

Secondly, even after all of that with many of them God was not well pleased.
Four sins are submitted
• Idolatry
• Fornication
• Tempting Christ (provoking His anger)and
• Murmuring
The Word says all of this is for our ensamples.

And then it says, based upon this ensample, "let him that thinking he standeth take heed lest he fall" and "there hath no temptation taken but such as is common to man..."

Israel serves as an example that
• We all face the same spiritual battles, that
• Any of us could fall in those battles, that
• God has given us a way to escape and
• When in those temptations we should flee

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