A Few Examples

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmered, and were destroyed of the destroyer.  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

I Corinthians 10:6-11

God gives us many examples of how to live and how not to live in the Old Testament.  We need to pay attention to those examples if we are going to live for the Lord.  In this passage, Paul lists a few of the examples that we have:

“…we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”  The Israelites wanted things that God did not want them to have.  They were not submitted to God’s will.  And it cost them dearly.

“Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them.”  Some of the Israelites worshipped things other than the Lord.  We might not think of it as “worshipping” other things, but the things that get our time and our devotion are the things that we worship.

“Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed…”  God wants us to remain pure.

“Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.”  Are we trying to be boss in our lives?  Are we “tempting Christ” with an attitude of defiance?

“Neither murmur ye…”  The Israelites were famous for murmering – a kind of “under the breath complaining.”  They were not content with what God had done for them and given them.  The other things on this list might seem a little easier, but this one is usually a little trickier!

When we read the Old Testament, we need to pay attention.  All of those things were written for a reason!

 

 

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