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Voices of Warning from the Past (18 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 10:1-15
December 8, 2004
1. Chapter 10 begins with the discussion of Israel's
wilderness wanderings. Let me say, I cannot think of a story any more tragic than this story--the story of an entire nation of people (somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 million, including women and children) perishing in the wilderness and missing God's Promised Land. The Bible tells us that these people wandered in the desert for 40 years.
a. Only 2 people out of this original number were
able to enter the Promised Land--Joshua and Caleb. The children born during this time--those 20 and under, were allowed to enter, but other than Joshua and Caleb, none of the multitude that came out of Egypt. Out of these 15 verses comes a clarion message for us. I call it "Voices of Warning from the Past." With that, let me give you three points to our outline:
I. Israel's Spiritual Blessings
II. Israel's Tragic Mistakes
III. Israel's Solemn Warnings
I. ISRAEL'S SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS (VV. 1-4)
1. Let me give you three reasons Israel was blessed:
A. God delivered them
1. Notice the words in (vs.1), "Our fathers were
under the cloud, and all passed through the sea." The Cloud, of course, represented the very presence of God. He was the Cloud that led them by day and the Pillar of Fire by night. You will notice the Bible says they "passed through the sea." God led Israel though the sea on dry ground, but when Pharaoh attempted to pursue them, he and his army drowned in the sea. In Exodus 15:4, Moses speaks: "Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea."
2. In His omnipotence, God delivered the nation
of Israel from their enemy. Israel had been in bondage for over 400 years. God had heard their cries and chose Moses to lead them out of Egypt--out from u ...
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