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The Truth About Temptation (28 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 10:13
As you're turning to 1 Corinthians 10 know this: Learning from those who have gone before you will save you a lot of trouble. Last week a section of Burnt Hickory was closed off for repairs. Well, I had forgot it and was on my way home, when suddenly, I came upon that closed section. I was detoured to Stilesboro then to Barrett Parkway and then to Dallas Highway and what should have taken about 15 minutes took 45 minutes.
When I finally arrived home, do you want to guess what the first thing was that I talked to Julie about? The detour! I wanted her to know why I was late and why I might seem a little flustered, but also so that she wouldn't take Burnt Hickory and experienced what I had just experienced.
Learning from those who have gone before us will save us a lot of trouble. Now that's what this 10th chapter of 1 Corinthians is all about. It's about learning from the wilderness generation that was set free from the bondage of Egypt.
Verse 6 tells us, ''Now these things become our examples'' What things? Well, the things that happened to the wilderness generation. We're told the same thing in verse 11, ''Now all these things happened to them as examples and they were written for our admonition'' that is, for our instruction and warning.
In other words, if we do the things they did, we can expect the same outcome. If we want a different outcome, then we don't want to follow their example. It would have been foolish for my wife to have driven Burnt Hickory last week after I warned her about the detour and it would be foolish for us to do what the Wilderness Generation did and expect a different result. You say, ''Pastor, what all did they do?'' Well, we're told five things they did beginning in verse 6:
*They lusted after evil things.
*They lapsed into idolatry.
*They lived in sexual immorality.
*They lamented over God's provi ...
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