No Temptation

September 10, 2009 at 9:09 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts | Leave a comment

1 Corinthians 10:1-13  The last verse of this section is certainly well known and loved by many.  “No temptation has overtaken you …” but I never considered the context.  The verse immediately preceding this famous saying is, “if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”  And the context of that statement is the history of the Israelites in the wilderness.  Though they had seen the miracles and passed through the Red Sea, though they ate the manna and drank water from the rock, God was not pleased with them, and they died without seeing the Promised Land.  This chapter contains a list of the sins they were guilty of, and thus reminds us that we can stumble over the same temptations.  They were guilty of idolatry, sexual immorality, testing the Lord, and grumbling.  This list sounds like some of the same things we see rampant in the church today.  We too are idolaters who “set our hearts on evil things;” we see rampant sexual sin, even in the church; we grumble all the time, even the church leaders (and pastors); and we test the Lord by living on the edge of what we believe we can get away with.  Yet what happened to Israel happened as an example and a warning to us (said twice in the passage, verses 6, 11).  And God tell us, “No temptation has overtaken you … God is faithful … and, with the temptation, will provide a way of escape.”  The forgiveness of these sins is through God’s faithfulness and grace; so also the escape from these temptations is through God’s faithfulness and grace.  We face temptations no different than those faced by generations of God’s people.  The temptations haven’t changed.  Neither has God, he is still faithful!

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