|Posted on July 26, 2011 at 9:26 AM|
As we read about the Jews worshipping the golden calf as a god, and not trusting in God to water them, feed them, and to overcome the Canaanites in the Promised Land, we should try to apply this to our lives today, instead of just reading it as history. We all travel through a secular wasteland today, filled with false gods of money, illicit sex, drugs, abortion, pleasure, etc. And how many of us know and care more about these things than the Word of God in the Bible? A LOT! And how many of us put more trust in our 401K's or condoms or drugs than we do in Jesus Christ? A LOT! So try to personalize the story about the Jews and their resultant punishment from God. You will soon see that nothing has changed much in human nature!
1 Corinthians 10:1-14: I want you to know, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same supernatural food and all drank the same supernatural drink. For they drank from the supernatural Rock which followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless with most of them God was not pleased; for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things are warnings for us, not to desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to dance." We must not indulge in immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents; nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. Therefore, my beloved, shun the worship of idols.