1 Corinthians 10:1-5

Scripture

1 Corinthians 10:1-5

Observation

  • Paul points to the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) as an example of the importance of running the race well
  • He reminds them of their history that God’s people had been led by a cloud and saved by crossing through the Red Sea
  • He compares this experience to baptism in that God’s people were saved by following Moses (who was following the cloud) through the sea,
  • God miraculously fed them manna
  • God miraculously provided water from a rock
  • Paul links the Old and the New by saying that even then Christ was present and represented the rock that the water came from
  • After reminding the Corinthians of these miraculous events God’s people experienced in the desert, he also reminds them that many of the people lacked the faith to trust God and instead of entering into the promised land they died in the wilderness

Application

Though this is only the first part of Paul’s argument, it is obvious what he is beginning to lay out here. He tells of God’s people who were saved from the Egyptians, but even after all that God does for them they miss the Promise Land because they lack faith. Paul is warning the Corinth Christians who have been saved because of their faith in Christ and made a public declaration of that faith by being baptized as Jesus commanded. They have received life in Jesus who is both the bread of life, as well as the water of life that quenches the thirst of the soul. However, even though they have received such a wonderful blessing they must continue to put their lives in the hands of God and trust Him or they risk missing God’s biggest blessing on their lives just as God’s people of old missed the Promised Land.

Prayer

Father, thank you for saving me from the consequences of my own choices. Thank you for lifting the burden of sin off of my shoulders and allowing Christ to take the wretched punishment which was rightfully mine. Thank you for Your love. God help me stay the course of this beautiful gift You have given me. I don’t want to minimize or take for granted the wonderful gift You have given me. I want to remain faithful and run the spiritual race well that I might experience Your full blessing in this life that I live. Strengthen me, encourage me, and guide me Holy Spirit. I want to serve the Lord all the days of my life, and live a life worthy of the sacrifice Jesus made on my behalf. I know it is only by Your strength, but as far as it depends on my will, I choose to lay it down for Your glory. Help me continue to grow. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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