A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for October 12, 2019
Text: "These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come" 1 Corinthians 10:11.
This is a second nugget from Paul on the handling of the Old Testament. Well-schooled in the writings of the Old Covenant, the Apostle brings the Old Testament to bear in his reproof of the Corinthian church.
Take the word "examples." A misbehaving church is told that there are some examples in the Old Testament from which they might benefit. The constant murmurings and apostasies of Israel come to mind. God always judged his wayward people in the Old Testament. That being so, will not the Lord deal with the Corinthians? "Of course He will," Paul says.
His second word here --"warnings" --is even stronger. The Apostle reminds his readers, the carnal Corinthians, that judgment is coming. The importation of immorality into the church, along with incest and a long catalog of other grievous sins, is serious business. He is warning the Corinthians, on the basis of God's Old Testament behavior, to expect His heavy hand.
Israel was often punished in the Old Testament. Because of sin, Sodom was destroyed by fire, and the children of Israel were carried off into captivity. Could the Corinthians expect less? In Paul's view, being no longer under the law but under grace would exempt no one from divine punishment for deliberate and persistent sin.
Despite the location or the century, there is always payday someday!