|Lifeshapers CCF Nxtgen Ministry Staff|
There are lots of lessons that we could learn from the History of Israel.
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. – 1 Corinthians 10:11
“happened as examples for us.”
- verb ginomai
- means “to come to be”
- not simply by chance.
God allowed things in Israel to happen for a reason. Things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction. God allowed these things to be divinely written to serve as learning examples for us.
The History of Israel were more than simple historical events.
- They were allowed by the sovereign will of God and recorded by God through the human authors of Scripture because God had us in mind.
- They provide us with analogies, illustrations, and Old Testament types designed to warn, instruct, and encourage.
They were designed to influence our lives positively for God and His purposes for us.
- Israel’s history is divinely designed to speak to us.
- It is God’s personal word to us, not just to encourage us or bless us, but also to help us become all that we were designed to be, which are Instruments to the glory of God.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6-7.
- Many of the lessons are positive, providing comfort, hope and encouragement.
Some lessons are negative providing us with instructive warnings because of our own sinful natures.
- They are designed to halt attitudes and behavior that are inconsistent with our new life in Christ.
The History of Israel shows us what we should not be as well as what can happen to us if we take our blessings for granted and presume upon the Lord.
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man. And God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it – 1 Corinthians 10:6-13.
Lessons that we can learn from the Israelite:
- Avoid craving evil things, as they also craved.
- Act immorally
- Avoid trying the Lord, as some of them did.
- Do not grumble.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! – 1 Corinthians 10:12
Disqualification is always a Real Danger.
The Corinthians’ required immediate correction or they too would be disqualified.
- Complacency toward the Word
- Emphasis on the Showy gifts
- External-ism in Worship
- Strong tendencies toward Self indulgence
Sad to say, that the Corinthians failed to stand firm.