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Take Heed, Lest You Fall   2 comments

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Above:  Olive Tree Branches, 1916

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/mpc2005001973/PP/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-10218

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1 Cor. 10, 12

1.  The Jews had and used the means of grace, yet perished in the wilderness–all who left Egypt save two–Caleb and Joshua.

(a)  Were baptized unto Moses–the covenant made with him–thus obligated to obey it.

(b)  “Ate of that spiritual Rock–Christ,” signified by the manna given them.

2.  But God was displeased with most of them–all but two–because they sinned.  He is never pleased at anyone’s sins; let this be settled.  And they sinned grievously (vs. 6-9).

3.  They suffered the consequences of their sin–perished in the wilderness, failed of God’s good purpose concerning them.  It was a bitter harvest from what they had sown.  Sin defeats the object and end of our existence, and thwarts God’s purpose and endeavors concerning us.

4.  They were the natural branches and we Gentiles were grafted in (Rom. 10, 17-20).    If the natural branches were cut off, will not we who are grafted in be too, if like them we sin?

5.  Wherefore let us take heed to our lives, lest resting in mere outward appearances we fall.  We can stand, for He will help us in every temptation (v. 13).

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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