Our Examples

 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.  But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

I Corinthians 10:1-6

There is a huge section of the Bible that is devoted to the nation of Israel and their possession of the Promised Land.  It detail their successes and their failures.  It details their victories and their defeats.  And we read all of it for one reason: “Now these things were our examples…”  They are given to us for examples.

In this passage, the example is the many who were “overthrown” in the wilderness.  They were all brought out of Egypt, but God was not pleased with them.  We can compare them to Christians.  They had applied the blood, and the death angel had passed over them.  They were “saved.”  They were out of Egypt.  But then they started murmering and complaining.  And with that, God was not pleased.

It is often the same with us.  We come to Jesus and are saved.  But then we start getting a bad attitude.  We get annoyed with this thing or that thing.  We start wanting things that we shouldn’t have or don’t need.  And, pretty soon, all of that leads to murmering and complaining.  God is not pleased with that.  We have great examples in the Bible of both what God wants us to do and what God doesn’t want us to do.  Are we using them?





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