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Series: The Faith Crisis
Rom. 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
1Cor. 10:6 Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved.
1Cor. 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
It is not unusual to encounter those in the community of faith who fail to see the value of the OT. Many view it as unnecessary baggage. However when you consider these verses from Romans and Corinthians, it causes you to stop and think. The scriptures were recorded over a period of 1500 years by at least 40 different writers. Let that sink in for just a moment.
1. Since it is fairly certain that not every event or every person that could have been mentioned was, and some names, places, and events were excluded, those that we know about much have a very special purpose.
2. Whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction. The events and persons from the OT have been preserved to help us learn something about the pilgrimage of faith for today.
3. The Bible invites us to carefully examine the decisions of those who have gone before us. Ungodly pursuits tragically slice our future into fragments of failure.
I. THREE TRUTHS RELATING TO MAKING DECISIONS
When we last left Abram he had made some very unwise decisions. In fact he had taken matters into his own hands. His decisions lead to some personal disasters, his integrity suffered, his wife was compromised, and a powerful leader was brought under judgment.
Gen. 13:1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him; and Lot with him. 2 Now Abram was very ric ...
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