On Sunday our text from 1 Corinthians was Paul highlighting Israel's exodus out of Egypt and eventual death in the wilderness.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 that Israel was rescued and through their rescue they were baptized, led by the cloud and given spiritual food. But amongst this great rescue the story doesn't stop. Verse 5 says that "Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness."
The very people that God rescued also died before getting to the Promise Land because of their disobedience. This isn't a popular message in 2014 but it doesn't make it any less true.
Paul eventually gives four reasons/examples why this happened to Israel. Idolatry, sexual immorality, testing God and grumbling all played their part in seeing Israel not reach their intended destination.
Why does Paul go back to these things? Well, he says, "These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us." Paul wants the church to learn from the failing of Israel so that we don't see the same things happen.
And this is why studying the journey of God's people in the Old Testament is so important for our own story. We said on Sunday that both Paul and Jesus were shaped by the Old Testament.
As followers of Jesus the book of Exodus helps us foreshadow and understand the story of redemption. What God did through Israel he wants to do through us and it is important to learn from their mistakes.
With that said we challenged everyone on Sunday to take the week and read through Exodus. Understanding Exodus will help us understand more readily the story of Jesus.
So take some time. It's only 40 chapters long! Put down Candy Crush or give up TV for a few hours this week (BTW the TV is on 7 hours a day in the average home.. you can read Exodus) and immerse yourself in this story.
Jesus did. Paul did. And so should we!
Here's a link if you want to read online HERE.
You can watch the teaching from Sunday below.