Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 1 Corinthians 10:6
“Now these things” is speaking of those with whom “God was not well pleased.” They had seen the miracles and been sustained by God’s gracious hand, and yet they rebelled in various ways which Paul will explain in the verses ahead. Because of their rebellion he noted in the previous verse that “their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.” It is all of this that he is referring to as examples.
This word translated as “examples” is the Greek word typoi. It could be referring either to the pictures of Christ and thus be translated as “types” or “foreshadowing events.” Or it could be translated as “examples” and thus be referring to the scattering of the bodies based on rebellion. As he hasn’t yet explained the examples which caused the deaths, some scholars insist that it is speaking of the pictures of Christ. However, because he just mentioned the deaths of the people and he will continue to explain that, others insist this is what he is referring to. There is no reason to assume that he isn’t speaking of the entire process though. The types of Christ and their subsequent rejection led to the deaths of the people.
Either way, Paul’s continued statement in this verse is that we should learn “that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.” If we have been redeemed by Christ, then we should follow Christ, trust Christ, and fix our eyes on Christ. It makes no sense to call on Christ and then to ignore the very salvation that He has provided.
Life application: The Old Testament is often overlooked by many Christians. And yet, it has been given to show us the logical progression of redemptive history as God slowly reveals Himself and His plans to the people of the world. The Old Testament allows us to know where we have been, where we are going, and the pitfalls to avoid in our walk.
Lord, I remember the tears of joy on the day I realized I was forgiven and free because of the cross of Christ. The weight of my past was lifted and the prospects of living in newness of life lay ahead like a path of gold. But at times, I forget that and find my feet heading off in wrong directions once again. Forgive me for my disobedience, help me in correcting my waywardness, and restore me to the joy of my salvation once again. I thank You for Your merciful hand upon me as I erringly walk in this temporary life on my way to glory! Amen.