I hope that title startles you and gets your attention.
1Co 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1Co 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
1Co 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
1Co 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
1Co 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
1Co 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
1Co 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
1Co 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
1Co 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1 Corinthians 10:1-10
Learn from Bible History
Twice over we are told that the story of the Exodus was intended for our instruction, 1Co_10:6; 1Co_10:11.
It becomes us, therefore, to study the account with the honest intention to obtain all the warning and suggestion that it is capable of yielding.
The great lesson is human failure under the most promising circumstances. Here were people who had been brought out of the most terrible hardships and perils, who were under the greatest obligations to God, but who, in the hour of temptation, absolutely failed Him.
Consider the privileges of the Chosen People. The cloud of divine guidance led them. The Red Sea, like a grave, lay between them and the land of bondage. They ate daily of the heavenly manna and drank of the water that gushed from the rock. But all these are types of spiritual blessings which await us in Christ.
His grave lies between us and the world; His guidance is ours; we daily feed on His life and help. Let us take heed that we do not, like Israel, allow Moab to cast the witchery of sensual indulgence over us, lest we excite God’s displeasure. Let us not tempt the Lord by murmuring or distrust. Let us ever live worthily of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
We tempt Christ when we murmur, (Complain) concerning our daily lot in life, the food we eat, anything. The lord only allows what he does to bring us closer to the image of Jesus; this is done by following his example, and not the example of the Exodus Hebrews in the text.
The O.T. indeed is for us to learn from. The Bible is the only Holy Text that does not deify its heroes. WE are allowed to read about all the failures of Gods Elect, so we as the N.T. elect do not make the same mistake.
Tempting Christ. Example;
The bible teaches us," Do not use your freedom (Grace) as a ticket to sin, thereby tempting the lord, and his grace" (Paraphrase).
The other is not being content with what we have, always complaining about what we do not have. Daily faith, is daily Manna, manna faith is daily faith. One day at a time, one 24 hour time frame are we to give thought, meaning, concern or any fear or anxiety about what may, or may not happen.
We tempt Christ when we do not have Child like faith, when we complain about our daily food, or lack of it.
This is powerful, convicting, and bible truth, may we learn from it and as Meyers said, do not let the spirit of Moab, take us captive into ways that are not of Christ, pornography, adultery, idolatry, fear, not faith. It is no different today for us than it was when our text was written, and our text in this word, is teaching from something that happened long ago. The object lesson is, look at how they were taken care of, the miracles, water from a rock, manna from heaven, once a day aside from Sabbath. Daily assurance will give us daily peace, other wise, we can easily be tempting our lord and this will not please him. Complaining about our life, our status in this life, our lot, is indeed tempting Christ.
"In all things be ye thankful, for this is the will of God in Christ concerning you".
I pray that we all stop tempting Christ, he was already tempted by Satan, may we not do the same to our lord.