LEARNING FROM THE PAST

WEEK 49— LEARNING FROM THE PAST

“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to
make them all yourself.”
Samuel Levenson

Overview:
Using examples from the past, we are warned not to think we have “arrived,” regardless of the privileges we have received or good deeds we have done. The Israelites were very privileged and blessed by God but were also punished by God when they failed to keep His commandments. We are warned about lust, idolatry, fornication, tempting Christ, and murmuring. We are also reminded that everyone is tempted, but God has a way of escape for each of us. God is wise and faithful and He knows how much we can bear. He will not put more on us than we can bear. God loves us and if we love Him, we must keep His commandments to the end to obtain eternal life. There are no shortcuts to heaven!

Memory verse:
1 Corinthians 10:12–Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

1 Corinthians 10
1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13 There
hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? 20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. 22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? 23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. 24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth. 25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: 26 For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof. 27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. 28 But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: 29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? 30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: 33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Confession:
Jesus, thank You for loving us enough to give us examples to learn from. Thank You for not putting on us more than we can bear. Thank You for making a way of escape from temptation. Lord help us to pay close attention to the details of keeping Your commandments so we will not fail You. Help us today to not yield to temptations or the lies of the devil. Help us to be mindful of others and not do anything that would be a stumbling block to them. Help us to love others as ourselves.

THOUGHTS…INSIGHT…What is the Lord saying to me?

Discussion:
1. Why did the Israelites being under the cloud, passing through the sea, eating the same spiritual meat and drinking the same spiritual drink, not save them for eternity?
2. What does, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” mean to you?
3. What idolatry should we flee from today?
4. What does Paul mean in verse 17, “For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread?”
5. Why does Paul tell us not to have fellowship with devils?
6. Why are there some things we should not eat or do that are not sin?
7. Why should we do all to the glory of God?

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