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Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:6-13

Our Ways of Escape

 

Intro.

1.  God promises to ďmake the way of escapeĒ for us to endure temptation, 1 Cor. 10:13.

2.  The history of Israel shows a repeated failure to take the ways of escape God made for them, 1 Cor. 10:1-11.

3.  In their examples we can see the ways of escape God makes for us, 1 Cor. 10:6, 11.

4.  The question is: Will we take Godís ways of escape, or fall like Israel?

 

I.  GOD SUSTAINED ISRAEL PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY, 1 Cor. 10:1-5.

  A.  With Godly Leadership, 10:1-2.

  B.  With Food and Drink of Supernatural Origin, 10:3-4; Psa. 78:20, 23, 25.

  C.  With Spiritual Sustenance of the Divine Presence, 10:4; Psa. 62:5-8.

    1.  Gave them a law, a land, and blessings, Neh. 9:13-15.

    2.  They acted presumptuously and rebelled, Neh. 9:16-17.

  D.  God was not Pleased with Most of Them, 1 Cor. 10:5.

     -Their hard, rebellious hearts of unbelief produced disobedience, Heb. 3:15-19.

 

II.  ISRAELíS SINS AND OUR WAYS OF ESCAPE.

  A.  The Sin of Lust, 1 Cor. 10:6; Num. 11:4-10.

    1.  Israel was not thankful or satisfied with Godís provision; Failed to be content and lusted after ďevil things.Ē

    2.  Way of escape from lust: Thankful contentment with Godís gifts.

      a.  Do not lust (covet), cf. Exo. 20:17 (14); Rom. 13:11-14.

      b.  More concentration on spiritual wealth than supposed deprivations. More focus on spiritual things, not fleshly.

  B.  The Sin of Idolatry, 1 Cor. 10:7; Exo. 32:1-7.

    1.  Israelís trusted in themselves and not in the unseen God who had spoken to them from the mountain.

    2.  Way of escape from idolatry: Flee it and remember God (increase your personal faith in the true God), 1 Cor. 10:14; Matt. 22:37; cf. Col. 3:5.

      a.  Do not have a short memory, 2 Pet. 1:9 (remember cleansing).

      b.  God has spoken to us in His Son; Trust and obey His word.

  C.  The Sin of Fornication, 1 Cor. 10:8; Num. 25:1-3, 6-12 (31:16; Rev. 2:14); Psa. 106:28-31.

    1.  Israel, driven by lust, defiled herself before God with idolatry and fornication.

    2.  Way of escape from fornication: Kill the flesh and flee (Num. 25:8); 1 Thess. 4:3-7; Col. 3:5; 1 Cor. 6:18; Matt. 5:27-30.

      a.  Respect the holy purpose of your body.

      b.  Remove every obstacle to holiness.

  D.  The Sin of Testing Christ, 1 Cor. 10:9; Num. 21:4-6 (cf. Psa. 78:18).

    1.  Israel criticized Godís will and His provisions (blasphemy).

    2.  Way of escape from testing Christ: Trust Godís ways and obey Him, Num. 21:8-9; Heb. 13:5-6.

  E.  The Sin of Murmuring, 1 Cor. 10:10; Num. 11:1; 14:1; 16:41.

    1.  Israel complained about their circumstance, their food, their leadership and their God.

    2.  The way of escape from complaining: Faith in Godís purposes, provisions, and His salvation, Psa. 78:21-25; Heb. 13:5-6.

 

Conclusion

1.  Heed these warnings, 1 Cor. 10:12.

2.  God is faithful; we can endure temptations successfully, to the glory of God.

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted: September 01, 2016