Friday, March 18, 2016
Not Well Pleased-By Pastor DR. Robert Bannister
(1Co 10:1) For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea;
(1Co 10:2) and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
(1Co 10:3) and all ate the same spiritual food;
(1Co 10:4) and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.
(1Co 10:5) Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness.
In these first five verses in 1 Corinthians chapter 10, Paul refers to the time of Israels escape from bondage in Egypt to their trek through the wilderness and heading toward the territory which God has promised the ancient Israelites. The account of this journey written in the book of Exodus makes for enjoyable and lively reading. I would like to focus upon some important spiritual implications of this historic event as Paul refers to these in his letter to the church at Corinth.
In verse 2 it states “and all were baptized into Moses”. Initially “baptized into Moses” would seem to be a conflict in terms as we think of the word baptism. The Greek word baptizo as used in this verse is not actually a translation as such, but more of a transliteration. Here is the definition of transliteration:
verb (used with object), transliterated, transliterating.
(1Co 10:7) Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, "THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY."
1Co 10:8) Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day.
(Eph 6:12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Psa 36:5 Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
May the Lord bless you today!