“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea.” 1 Corinthians 10:1
George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This was Paul’s concern for the Christians in Corinth. He was worried that they, like their forefathers, would continue to walk in a way that would disqualify them. Disqualification does not mean a loss of salvation, but a loss of fellowship.
Paul begins chapter 10 by reminding the Corinthians of God’s power and grace in freeing his people from the bondage of Egypt. Their forefathers were set free and many walked out of slavery physically, but their hearts, minds and wills remained captive. Freedom from physical oppression did not lead them into thankful living. Though all were delivered, many nullified their deliverance by persistent unbelief.
It certainly seems history is repeating itself today doesn’t it? So many Christians are living in spiritual bondage because of their persistent unbelief. If this is you today I want to encourage you by reminding you of what Jesus told the father who had a son possessed by an evil spirit that was causing him to fall on the ground and foam at the mouth. Jesus said to that father in Mark 9:24, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” The father then cried out, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.”
Maybe you are in spiritual bondage today and need help with your unbelief. If so, remember that the same God that delivered the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt, guided them through the wilderness under a cloud, and passed them through the sea is the same God that has delivered us from the bondage of sin, covered us by the cloud of Christ, and passed us through the sea of separation, making it possible for us to walk in fellowship with Him through Christ. Once we realize this, we must let our gratitude for Him be what motivates us to live lives that glorify Him.
Join us on Sunday morning as we open 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 where will discover “An Essential Lesson from the OT”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!