The New is in the Old Concealed,
The Old in the New is Revealed.
This letter from Paul is written to all of us who are a part of the church of this New Covenant of grace.
I Corinthians 10:1-15 – Lessons from Israel’s Idolatry
1 I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground.
Paul telling them all of their forefathers, came through the Spirit (Cloud) and the water (Sea); He is talking about both Israel and to us – anybody that has not come through the Spirit and the water is not our forefather in the faith. Don’t just consider anybody a forefather. He goes on to make it plain.
2 In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptized as followers of Moses.
3 All of them ate the same spiritual food,
4 and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ.
5 Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
Every child of God, from Israel coming out of Egypt to those baptized in 2017 will pass through a wilderness. What you do as you pass through the trial must be that which is pleasing to God. Nobody gets to make up their own religion. God was not intimidated by Cain’s bad attitude, and He won’t be by our 21st century demands, culture, or ideas. If we are to come to God we will have to come to Him, His way. If we want to reach our personal promise land, that divine destiny on earth that He has called and promised us, we will have to honor the Lord’s desire and design.
6 These things happened as a warning to us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did,
7 or worship idols as some of them did. As the Scriptures say, “The people celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.”
8 And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.
9 Nor should we put Christ to the test, as some of them did and then died from snakebites.
Scripture is pretty clear, nobody should be playing with snakes. Anyone who does is dumb and doesn’t know the Word of God.
10 And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.
Neither should believers be a grumbling, complaining, murmuring, cynical, critical group of people.
11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
A second time, verse 6 said it and here again we are told: everything written about Israel in the Old Testament was written for us living in this final dispensation of man.
12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.
13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
One of the most misquoted scriptures in the Bible. You have probably heard it said, “God won’t put on you more than you can bear.” Not true. The Bible says, He won’t allow a temptation that is more than you can stand. But He is clear, if anyone will follow me, let him take up his cross and follow me. What is the cross? It is the instrument that is intended to kill our flesh. God still wants our flesh to die. Believers, would you please quit glorifying your flesh. Jesus wants your flesh to die. And any temptation that the enemy throws at you; every evil desire your flesh is attracted to – God will give you a way out of every temptation.
14 So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.
When you are tempted to bow in worship at the idol of You; yes, the idol your most tempted by is the one you see in the mirror every morning. Make yourself god, worship your desire, exalt your thinking – NO, NO, a 1,000 times NO!! FLEE, RUN in the opposite direction
15 You are reasonable people. Decide for yourselves if what I am saying is true.
So Paul is clear, the Old Testament is written as a symbol for us to learn from. They lived through it in real physical life, so we could learn spiritual truths from the Old Covenant or Testament here in the New Covenant. As with all history, those who refuse to learn from it will be required to repeat it.
In the Old Testament we see the shadow of truth, in the New Testament He is manifest in the flesh.
His Word stands declaring today to every hungry soul, I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE!!