by Rev Joel Yong
1 Corinthians 10:6
These things have become examples for us so that we won’t desire what is evil, as they did.
Paul warns the church to not follow the example of Israel as it rebelled against God in the wilderness.
We can learn either by –
- Watching and avoiding their mistakes.
- Following their foolishness and reaping the consequences for ourselves.
The people of Israel did not remember what God had done for them.
When they were free, they forgot about the 10 plagues He rained upon Egypt to save them.
When they had crossed the Red Sea, they forgot about how He parted the seas and complained about thirst and hunger …
When He gave them water from a rock, and manna from the heavens, they forgot about that and complained about how boring the food was … and how they wanted variety …
See how evil they were?
What if we repeated their evil?
What would it look like today?
Would it look like a person God healed from an illness years ago, who is complaining about how boring church service was on Sunday?
Or a person God blessed with wealth, and complains about how the last business deal fell through and cost him a portion of that still enormous wealth in the family?
Or a person who has been forgiven who now bears a grudge against another-and like Jonah, sits and watches awaiting doom to come for another?
What do you think?