Scripture reading for July 18th: Psalm 27-29, 1st Corinthians 10
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 10:8-11 “We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ 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 an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.”
Paul reminded the Corinthians that God had clearly judged His people for their past sins. This included sexual immorality, testing or tempting God, and grumbling against God and His appointed leaders. Their history was recorded in God’s Word as examples for us living in the last days under the New Covenant in Jesus Christ. Grace is not a license to sin. Christ is coming soon for a holy Bride!
Psalm 29:1-2 “Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His Name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.”
Prayer: Lord, keep me from besetting sins of flesh and spirit. Thank You for the examples written down for me and all who love You. We want to worship You in the splendor of holiness. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 24th: 1st Corinthians 7-11
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 10:6-10 “Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things 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 got up to indulge in pagan revelry.” We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did–and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. We should not test the Lord, as some of them did–and were killed by snakes. And do not grumble, as some of them did–and were killed by the destroying angel.”
Paul stated that all the past writings and examples recorded in Old Testament Scripture was there as examples for New Testament believers. These negative examples teach us the consequences of rebellion and unbelief. They stand as warning and encouragement to live a righteous and holy life and avoid the death and destruction that come from practicing known sin!
Thankful for Scripture examples: “They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.”