Learning from the past (I Corinthians 10; Job 23; Luke 9)

“Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.”  I Corinthians 10:6

Could it be possible that God causes us to fail so that we could be an example to others?  Answer, “Absolutely not!”  God never causes anyone to fail, James 1:12-14.  The fact is men are led away by their own lust or craving for evil.

Here is I Corinthians 10 Paul warns us about the cravings of the old nature.  These cravings are not just something that lost people face.  These are temptations that are common to all men (10:13).

The question is:  “How do we overcome temptation?”  Answer, “Learn from the past.”

Think it through:

I.  In the past, there were those who were overcome with temptation, Vs: 1-10

Paul gives us three examples from the Old Testament:  Numbers 11:4,32-33; Numbers 25:1-9; Ex. 17:2,7

Here is what we discover about these people:  “Their craving for sin was greater than their craving for God.”

II.  In the past, there were those who overcame temptation, Vs: 11-13

These people considered the examples behind them and before them with an eye to be instructed.  They were able to learn from a people who thought their connection to God was all they needed to overcome.  Theirs was a faith in name only.  But it did not have to be this way.  God had made a way of escape. Here is that way:

  • The Word of God showed them both the traps and the better way.
  • The Spirit of God gave them power to overcome the enemies attacks.
  • The Promise of God gave them the faith to walk through times of great trial.

Our response:

Question, “Are we learning from the past?”  Each day we must read God’s Word.  Each day we must reflect on God’s Word.  Each day we must resolve to obey God’s Word.

Be assured, when we do these things, “We have learned from our past!”

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