(1 Corinthians 10:1-11) – “…they were written down for our instruction…”
Paul continues the point he makes near the end of chapter 9, namely, following God and His wisdom requires discipline and sacrifice.
In Israel, specifically around the times that Paul is referring to, every person had the same blessing of seeing God and watching Him work miraculously.
But, not everyone lived properly in response to that. Many griped, grumbled, complained, sneered, and were promiscuous.
And for those people, strict judgment came. Their experiences were written down to save others down the road. It was meant to show that the pursuits of the world weren’t worth it.
Paul recounts these things and reminds the Corinthians of their purpose. The Scriptures and truths that Paul is bringing to them are meant to give them long life and success in the Lord’s eyes.
He doesn’t want something from them, he wants something for them.
It’s crazy to think that we can do something already done in history, and have differing consequences for our actions.
Sexual sin, complaining, and laziness will have the same effect as it did thousands of years prior.
It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now. Following Jesus wholly is the only way!
Let history, especially biblical history, be a great teacher for us. Thank God we have it so clearly laid out for us.
The path of success is clear: “…lay aside the weights and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”