Today’s thought “Taking examples as warnings” (August 28)

In this world, there are many temptations. We also find lots of people who call themselves Christian, but who undertake a lot of acts and keep to a lot of traditions that are not in line with the Biblical instructions.

The Bible is full of examples for us, to learn from. We find a lot of people who got the same spiritual food, which is also available for those who want to follow the Nazarene master teacher Jeshua, Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul asks the Corinthians to remember their history, friends, and asks them also to be warned. He tells them that all their ancestors were led by the providential cloud and taken miraculously through the Sea. They, like we, should remember those who were in slavery but escaped by following the advice of God, going through the waters. You could compare it as going through water in a baptism like ours, as Moses led his fellow brethren and sisters from enslaving death to salvation life. They all ate and drank identical food and drink, meals provided daily by God. They drank from the rock, God’s fountain for them that stayed with them wherever they were.

Today we also have a Rock, namely Christ Jesus, who should be our guide. Like Moses Jesus went in front of many, showing the way to follow. He was for many the light, like he should be the light for us too.

“ Again therefore Jesus spake unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (Joh 8:12 ASV)

What an assurance! We should not be blinded by the many festivals and celebrations lots of people present, telling us it is for God, but which are all festivals and feasts full of heathen elements and idolatry. Real Christians do have Jesus as the world’s Light. No one who really wants to follow him shall stumble around in the darkness, because he shall provide plenty of light to live in.

When you have chosen to follow Christ you shall be able to experience God’s wonder and grace. And it shall not be like those who keep to a false three-headed god and prefer to have a host of saints. Most of them were defeated by temptation and God will not be pleased. We must be on guard so that we never get caught up in wanting our own way as those people did who fled from Egypt. And we must not turn our religion into a circus as they did.

Today, people love to be on social media and love to see a lot of soaps and sexy moving pictures. Those who say they follow Christ, must not be sexually promiscuous. Let us not forget those who went their own way and paid for that, with twenty-three thousand deaths in one day!

Also, to remember is that we must never try to get God or Christ to serve us,  instead of us serving them. In the past, we have seen how people demanded God to serve them. God launched an epidemic of poisonous snakes. Therefore, we must be careful not to stir up discontent; discontent destroyed them.

In the letters of the apostles, we get extra lessons to remember all the things of the past, how people behaved and how God looked at them and judged them. In those writings of the New Testament, we also get all warning markers — DANGER! — in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes.

Our positions in the story are parallel — they at the beginning, we at the end — and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were.

All those who love Christ and his God should unite and together only keep to true worship, feeling united in Christ as one body.

“14 Wherefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15  I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a communion of the body of Christ? 17 seeing that we, who are many, are one bread, one body: for we are all partake of the one bread.” (1Co 10:14-17 ASV)

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