March 17, 2015 by pastorjdo3
1Co 10:1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 1Co 10:11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 1Co 10:12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
Reading this passage was so very interesting. The opening statement, and what I consider a closing argument to a dialogue designed to help the hearer be of sober judgment about their place in Christ, and their journey in faith. Paul reminds the readers about our forefathers, that were the privileged to lived through Moses Vs. Pharaoh, witnessed the Cloud provided by God in the day, and the Fire by night, and then walked through the middle of a Sea on dry land, and still met the displeasure of the Lord!
I wondered as I read, 1.) How is it that we find the displeasure of the Lord, while we reap the benefits of His provisions? 2.) How is it that we can be recipients of His provisions, and act displeasing speak with displeasure towards Him?
It would seem that our mouths would be filled with praise; testifying as to His goodness, His mercy, and His truth; yet we are able to find the things unattained, and allow them to overshadow the things have been provided, and then fill our mouths with grumbling and complaining. We, like the Israelite, lay down with full bellies from food showered from heaven, our skin smooth; hair glistening from fresh water from the rock, use the strength gathered from the nutrients of his sustenance to offer up a sustained complaint against the Creator! We are Complaining against the one Sustaining us?
Here confusion occurs. They are His chosen people. He has brought them out of captivity. He has performed miracle after miracle. He allowed them to leave with wealth. He is taking them to a promised land. It’s Character verses Character! Man’s Character Verses God’s Character. Paul says, don’t be ignorant. Just because your needs are being met, miracles are being performed, promises being honored; this does not mean that God is pleased with you! The reality is, God’s character is to honor His Word. He made a promise, and was seeing it through, despite the behavior of mankind.
Paul says that we can believe that we are blessed in the midst of our idolatrous, immoral lives, because God is filled with mercy and grace, and that He honors His Word and His Covenant. This is deceiving! It could be that the comforts and visual of our possessions and provisions, cause us to see, think, and call ourselves blessed, deceiving us to believe that God is pleased with us, while He is disgusted with our behavior and leaving us to find punishment from our actions.
Paul warns us not to put God to the test. Truly, man reaps what He sows! And though God honored His Word and Covenant, Paul reminds us that thousands of them died because they were drinking from both the spiritual cup and the one made from flesh. God wanted to be their sole provider, meeting al their needs, fulfilling all their desires, being their sole protector, and being the sole focus of their worship and adoration. Because they denied Him of this, He allowed them to reap the reward of the seeds they sowed into their flesh.
Let us look at ourselves and assess our actions and behavior. Let us analyze our words, test our hearts, questions our motives, reassess our love, and consider our treatment of God’s covenant. We must determine if we are living according to God’s Word, and showing ourselves to be appreciative of His provisions and role as our creator and sustainer. Let us remove all idols from our path, and destroy those things that lay in the path of bringing us closer to the Lord. Let us not think of ourselves as unfaultable, and impenetrable, understanding that if it happened to them, it can happen to us. We too, can be the beneficiaries of profound wealth, moving up a ladder that is ever increasing, and be on the list of those God has found displeasure with.