TEXT: 1 Corinthians 10:1-12
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.
Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck said, “As a fifth advantage, Paul listed the spiritual drink enjoyed by Israel in the desert. According to Paul, Christ was the source of this supernatural water. Since the incident of the rock which produced water marked the beginning of Israel’s wilderness wanderings and happened again near the ending of their wanderings, Paul concluded that Christ accompanied them. Christ too was the source of supernatural water for the Corinthians. It is possible that these five blessings were intended by Paul to reflect the two ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper which the Corinthians may have thought communicated a magical protection like similar rites in some of the mystery religions. The Corinthians did seem to have a distorted view and practice of both of these ordinances which required correction.”
Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Paul did not suggest in 1 Corinthians 10:4 that an actual rock accompanied the Jews throughout their wilderness journey, though some Jewish rabbis taught this idea. It was a spiritual rock that supplied what they needed, and that Rock was Christ. Sometimes the water came from a rock and at other times from a well. God provided the water.”
So, again, we see a parallel between the experiences of the Children of Israel and the Church of today.
Paul continues to the Corinthians…
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.
As we continue looking at the ways in which the example of the Old Testament Israelites informs the New Testament Church, take note of these words from Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck regarding 1 Corinthians 10:12: “If the Corinthians believed their standing in Christ and corresponding freedom could be exercised in sin with impunity, they were wrong — possibly dead wrong. After kicking out the props of false security, Paul pointed toward the One on whom the Corinthians could rely. The temptations that seized the Corinthians were like those people [such as the Israelites] had always faced. They could be met and endured by depending on God, who is faithful. Part of the Corinthian problem, of course, was that some in the face of temptation were not looking for a way out by endurance, but a way in for indulgence.”
In his “Four Articles to the Coloured Citizens of the World, But In Particular to Those of the United States,” Richard Allen, the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, wrestled with the question of whether free blacks should be sent to Liberia. He concluded with this statement: “This land which we have watered with our tears and our blood, is now our mother country, and we are well satisfied to stay where wisdom abounds and the gospel is free.”
Now, Richard Allen was born into slavery in 1760. However, near the end of the Revolutionary War, his master became convinced, through the preaching of another former slave owner, that slave-holding was sinful, and he allowed Richard Allen, who was then known as “Negro Richard,” to buy his own freedom. Despite being raised in slavery in America, Richard Allen came to the conclusion that it was better for blacks to remain in a land where, in most places, they were seen as subhuman for the simple reason that, in America, the Gospel was free and wisdom abounded. That is what, in his mind, set America apart.
Sadly, today, Gospel-preaching in America has become muddied and the witness of the church in this country has sullied the reputation of America as a righteous nation where the Gospel is free and where wisdom abounds. We have lost our light. Research shows that “North America is the largest unchurched English-speaking mission field in the world. (Only China and India have larger populations of non-Christians.) A recent Pew Research survey showed that more than one-third of young adults aged 18 to 24 do not identify with any religion, compared to one in four in 2007. And last month, Lifeway Research reported that two-thirds of young adults who attended a protestant church regularly as a teen dropped out for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22.
North America is the only continent where Christianity is not growing.” At the same time, “every year, over 3,000 North American churches close their doors.” Today, there are African, Latin American, and Asian ministers coming to America to evangelize us. The light that once shone from America is shining no more.
We have already outlined the reason why America has lost its light. The reason is the sins of God’s people. And, like He judged Israel, God is judging us. Fifth-generation Nebraska farmer interprets recent huge floods as ‘sign from God’ and says ‘it’s over for us’ our farm is not salvageable. As I have shared with you before, God is mercifully and lovingly warning America, judging America and dismantling America piece by piece. However, there is a biblical remedy that shows us that it is not too late for America to once more become a shining city on a hill, a light to all the world. If we repent of our sins and turn back to God, God tells us as He told Israel in Isaiah 58, “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. Then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” This is the promised future for Israel, and one day it will be their eternal reality. However, America can have a semblance of that success and prosperity if we choose to repent of our sins and turn to God.
Patrick Henry, general in the Revolutionary Army, ratifier of the U.S. Constitution, and governor of Virginia, said, “Righteousness alone can exalt a nation. Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.”
James F. Clarke wrote:
Brother, hast thou wandered far
From thy Father’s happy home,
With thyself and God at war?
Turn thee, brother; homeward come.
Hast thou wasted all the powers
God for noble uses gave?
Squandered life’s most golden hours?
Turn thee, brother; God can save!
Is a mighty famine now
In thy heart and in thy soul?
Discontent upon thy brow?
Turn thee; God will make thee whole.
He can heal thy bitterest wound,
He thy gentlest prayer can hear;
Seek Him, for He may be found;
Call upon Him; He is near.
If you are a Christian listening today, here are three things you need to do:
1. Confess and repent of your own sins. You already know what they are.
2. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ to repent of their sins and get back to their first love
3. Pray for souls to be saved, and do your part by witnessing to the lost.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at email@example.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.