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Warning and Encouragement About Sin and Temptation

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In 1 Corinthians 10 we read about sin and temptation. Over the next few moments we will explore some warnings and some encouragements when it comes to sin and temptation.

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Introduction:
“Take Heed Lest You Fall”
I. The Example of Israel (vv.1-10)
A. They Were Blessed (vv.1-4)
B. God Was Not Pleased With Most of Them (vv.5-10)
II. Application of Israel’s Example (vv.11-13)
1 Corinthians 10:12–13 NKJV
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Discussion:
I. Warnings About Sin and Temptation
A. Don’t Let What Happened to Israel Happen to You
1. “Therefore” Connects Verses 12-13 to Israel’s Example
2. Verses 12-13 Are Connected With Paul’s Statement About Being Disqualified In
1 Corinthians 9:27 NKJV
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
3. What Do We Learn From Israel’s Example?
a) Israel Was Abundantly Blessed By God
(1) Israel’s Blessing Parallel Our Blessings
Israel:
All Were Baptized Into Moses and the Sea
They All Ate the Same Spiritual Food and Drink
They Drank of the Rock that Followed Them, Christ
Christian:
We Have Been Baptized
One of Two Possible Parallels
- Lord’s Supper
- Bread of Drink of God’s Word -
John 6:31ff NKJV
Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum. Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.
John 6:31ff NKJV
Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum. Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.
Jesus Has Promised to Be With Us -
Jesus Has Promised to Be With Us -
Jesus Has Promised to Be With Us -
Jesus Has Promised to Be With Us -
Matthew 28:20 NKJV
teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
b) God Was Not Pleased With Most of Them (v.5)
(1) Israel’s Blessings Did Not Make Them Immune From Temptation or the Lord’s Displeasure
(2) Why Was God Not Pleased With Most of Them
(a) Some Lusted After Evil Things (v.6)
(b) Some Were Idolaters (v.7)
(c) Some Were Guilty of Sexual Immorality (v.8)
(d) Some Tempted Christ (v.9)
(e) Some Murmured and Complained (v.10)
4. If It Happened to Israel, It Can Happen to You
a) You Could Ignore Your Blessings and Advantages and Turn Away From God
b)
Warning and Encouragement About Sin And Temptation
I. The Example of Israel (vv.1-10)
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2 Peter 1:8–9 NKJV
For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
c)
Hebrews 6:4–6 NKJV
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
B. Don’t Be Overconfident (v.12)
1. “Let Him Who Thinks He Stands”
a) This is Not Merely the Person Who Thinks He is Faithful - It Is the Person Who Thinks He Cannot Fall
Introduction:
A. They Were Blesses (vv.1-4)
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b) Peter is the Classic Example of Overconfidence
(1)
Mark 14:29 NKJV
Peter said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.”
c) Overconfidence Eliminates Watchfulness
- “Be Vigilant”
1 Peter 5:8 NKJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
- “Watch and Pray”
Matthew 26:41 NKJV
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
C. Temptation is Inevitable
1. “Except Such As Is Common to Man”
a) Any Passage That Affirms the Universality of Sin Also Affirms the Universality of Temptation
b)
James 1:15 NKJV
Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
c) - “Offenses Must Come”
Matthew 18:7 NKJV
Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
(1) ESV - “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!”
II. Encouragement Concerning Temptation
A. You Are Not Alone in Your Battle With Temptation
1. Sometimes We Feel Like No One Knows What It Is Like Struggle With My Temptations
2. My Temptations Are Not Unique to Me - They Are Common to Man
a) Devil Always Attacks In the Same Way -
1 John 2:16–17 NKJV
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
b) He Did In the Garden of Eden -
Genesis 3:4–6 NKJV
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
c) He Did It With Christ - ; ;
Matthew 4:1–11 NKJV
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Hebrews 4:15 NKJV
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 2:18 NKJV
For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Hebrews 2:18 NKJV
For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Hebrews 4:15 NKJV
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Matthew 4:1–11 NKJV
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
B. God Can Be Trusted - He Is Faithful
1. He Does Not Lie -
Titus 1:2 NKJV
in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
2. If God Says:
a) There Is A Way Of Escape - You Can Trust There Is A Way Of Escape
b) If God Says I Will Not Be Tempted Beyond My Ability to Endure - You Can Trust It
c) If God Says He Can Help Us In Temptation - You Can Trust the Lord (; )
Hebrews 2:16 NKJV
For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.
Hebrews 4:15–16 NKJV
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
C. God Will Not Allow You To Be Tempted Beyond Your Ability
1. This Passage Shows That God Is Watching Over Each of Us Personally And Individually
a)
Luke 12:7 NKJV
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
2. God Will Not Allow Satan to Tempt And Attack Us Beyond What We Can Bear
a) ;
Job 1:12 NKJV
And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
Job 2:6 NKJV
And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.”
D. There Is Always A Way Of Escape
1. Literally - “An Exit, A Way Out” (Ekbasis - compound word. Ek - Out of, from, by, away from. Basis- A Stepping, walking)
2. For Joseph - The Way Of Escape Was to Run Out the Door -
Genesis 39:12 NKJV
that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.
3. For Jesus - The Way of Escape Was In His Knowledge of God’s Word -
Matthew 4:1–11 NKJV
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Conclusion:
It Is Time For You to Escape the Clutches of Sin
Don’t Let Him Keep You In His Grasp
Take the Way Out
“Take Heed Lest You Fall”
B. God Was Not Pleased With Most of Them (vv.5-10)
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The Example of Israel (vv.1-10)They Were Blessed (vv.1-4)God Was Not Pleased With Most of Them (vv.5-10)
II. Application of Israel’s Example (vv.11-13)
“TAKE HEED LEST YOU FALL”
II. Application of Israel’s Example (vv.11-13)
1 Corinthians 10:12–13 NKJV
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
I. The Example of Israel (vv.1-10) A. They Were Blessed (vv.1-4)
- (12) Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. (13) No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and aGod is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
Discussion:
B. God Was Not Pleased with Most of Them (vv.5-10)
Discussion:
I. Warnings About Sin and Temptation
II. Application of Israel’s Example (vv.11-13)
Warnings About Sin and TemptationDon’t Let What Happened to Israel Happen to You (v.12)“Therefore” Connects Verses 12-13 to Israel’s ExampleVerses 1-13 Are Connected With Paul’s Statement About Being Disqualified In :27What Do We Learn From Israel’s Example?Israel Was Abundantly Blessed By God Israel’s Blessings Parallel Our Blessings
A. Don’t Let What Happened to Israel Happen to You (v.12)
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Israel: Christian:
“Therefore” Connects Verse 12-13 to Israel’s Example
(12) Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
All Were Baptized Into Moses and the Sea
Verse 1-13 Are Connected With Paul’s Statement About Being Disqualified In
(13) No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
They All Ate the Same Spiritual Food and Drink
What Do We Learn From Israel’s Example?
What Do We Learn From Israel’s Example?
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Israel Was Abundantly Blessed By God
Israel’s Blessings Parallel Our Blessings
Israel:
All Were Baptized Into Moses We Have Been Baptized
And the Sea
They All Ate the Same Spiritual One of Two Possible Parallels
Food and Drink - Lord’s Supper
- Bread and Drink of God’s Word - John 6:31ff
They Drank of the Rock That Jesus Has Promised to Be With Us
Followed Them, Christ
They Drank of the Rock that Followed Them, Christ
5 📷 Warnings and Encouragement
Israel:
Israel:
All Were Baptized Into Moses and the Sea
We Have Been Baptized
1. Warnings About Sin and Temptation
All Were Baptized Into Moses and the Sea
They All Drank the Same Spiritual Food and Drink
One of Two Possible Parallels
They All Drank the Same Spiritual Food and Drink
They Drank of the Rock That Followed Them, Christ
-Lord’s Supper
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They Drank of the Rock That Followed Them, Christ
Christian:
Christian:
-Bread and Drink of God’s Word –
We Have Been Baptized
We Have Been Baptized
Jesus Has Promised to Be With Us –
One of Two Possible Parallels
One of Two Possible Parallels
God Was Not Pleased With Most of Them (v.5)Israel’s Blessings Did Not Make Them Immune From Temptation or the Lord’s Displeasure Why Was God Not Pleased With Most Of ThemSome Lusted After Evil Things (v.6)Some Were Idolaters (v.7)Some Were Guilty if Sexual Immorality (v.8)Some Tempted Christ (v.9)Some Murmured and Complained (v.10)If It Happened to Israel, It Can Happen to YouYou Could Ignore Your Blessing and Advantages and Turn Away From God2 Peter 1:8-9Hebrews 6:4-6Don’t Be Overconfident (v.12)“Let Him Who Thinks He Stands”This is Not Merely the Person Who Thinks He is Faithful- It Is the Person Who Thinks he Cannot FallPeter is the Classic Example of Overconfidence Marks 14:29Overconfidence Eliminates Watchfulness - “Be On the Alert” - “Keep Watching and Praying”Temptation Is Inevitable “But Such As Is Common to Man”Any Passages That Affirms the Universality of Sin Also Affirms the Universality of Temptation :15Matthew 18:7- “For It Is Inevitable That Stumbling Blocks Come” Woe to the World For Temptations to Sin! For It Is Necessary That Temptations Come, but Woe to the One By Whom Temptation Comes!” Encouragent Concerning Temptation You Are Not Alone in Your Battle With Temptation (v.13)Sometimes We Feel Like No One Knows What It Is Like to Struggle With My Temptations My Temptations Are Not Unique to Me - They Are Common to Man Devil always Attacks In the Same Way- -17He Did In the Garden of Eden- -6He Did With Christ- ; ; :15God Can Be Trusted- He is FaithfulHe Does Not Lie- :2If God Says: There is A Way of Escape- You can Trust There Is A Way Of EscapeIf God Says I Will Not Be Tempted Beyond My Ability to Endure - You Can Trust ItIf God Says He Can Help Us In Temptation- You can Trust the Lord (; )God Will Not Allow You to Be Tempted Beyond Your Ability This Passage Shows God is Watching Over Each of Us Personally And Individually - :7God Will Not Allow Satan to Tempt and Attack Beyond What We Can Bear ; :6There is Always A Way Of Escape Literally- “An Exit, A Way Out”For Joseph - the Way of escape Was to Run Out the Door - :12For Jesus - the Way Of escape Was In His Knowledge Of God’s Word -
WARNING
- Lord’s Supper
- Lord’s Supper
Conclusion:
• Don’t Let What Happened to Israel Happen to You (v.12)
- Bread and Drink of God’s Word -
- Bread and Drink of God’s Word -
If You Are Here This Evening And Are Not A Christian Why Not Come to Christ and Escape From the Clutches of Sin?
Jesus Has Promised to Be With Us -
Jesus Has Promised to Be With Us -
Maybe You’re Here And You Are A Christian But You Didn’t “Take Heed Lest You Fall,” You Can Return This Moment.
b. God Was Not Pleased With Most of Them - v.5
Israel’s Blessings Did Not Make Them Immune From Temptation or the Lord’s Displeasure
Why Was God Not Pleased With Most of Them
Some Lusted After Evil Things
• Don’t Let What Happened to Israel Happen to You (v.12)
– “Therefore” Connects verses 12-13 to Israel’s Example
Israel’s Example
– Verses 1-13 are connected with Paul’s statement about being disqualified in
– Verses 1-13 are connected with Paul’s statement about being disqualified in
– What Do We Learn from Israel’s Example?
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• Israel Was Abundantly Blessed by God (vv.1-4)
8 📷 Israel’s Blessings Parallel Our Blessings
1 Israel
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2 • All Were Baptized Into Moses and the Sea
• They All Ate the Same Spiritual Food and Drink
• They Drank of the Rock that Followed Them, Christ 3 Christian
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Christian:
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4 • We Have Been Baptized
• One of Two Possible Parallels
– Lord’s Supper
– Bread and Drink of God’s Word –
– Bread and Drink of God’s Word –
• Jesus Has Promised to Be With Us –
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Israel’s Example
Israel’s Example
• Israel Was Abundantly Blessed by God (vv.1-4)
• Israel Was Abundantly Blessed by God (vv.1-4)
Israel Was Abundantly Blessed by God (vv.1-4)
• God Was Not Pleased with Most of Them (v.5)
God Was Not Pleased with Most of Them
(v.5)
– Israel’s Blessings Did Not Make Them Immune from Temptation or the Lord’s Displeasure
– Israel’s Blessings Did Not Make Them Immune from Temptation or the Lord’s Displeasure
– Why was God not pleased with most of them?
10 Why Was God Not Pleased with Israel?
• Some Lusted After Evil Things (v.6)
• Some Were Idolaters (v.7)
• Some Were Guilty of Sexual Immorality (v.8)
• Some Tempted Christ (v.9)
• Some Murmured and Complained (v.10)
11 WARNING
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WARNING
• Don’t Let What Happened to Israel Happen to You (v.12)
• Don’t Let What Happened to Israel Happen to You (v.12)
– “Therefore” Connects verses 12-13 to Israel’s Example
– “Therefore” Connects verses 12-13 to
Israel’s Example
Israel’s Example
– What Do We Learn from Israel’s Example?
– What Do We Learn from Israel’s Example?
– If it happened to Israel, it can happen to you
• You could ignore your blessings and advantages and turn away from God
12 WARNING
• Don’t Let What Happened to Israel Happen to You (v.12)
• Don’t Be Overconfident (v.12)
13 Don’t Be Overconfident
Don’t Be Overconfident
• “let him who thinks he stands”
• “let him who thinks he stands”
– This is not merely the person who thinks he is faithful – it is the person who thinks he cannot fall
– This is not merely the person who thinks he is faithful – it is the
person who thinks he cannot
fall
– Peter is the Classic Example of Overconfidence
– Peter is the Classic Example of Overconfidence
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– Overconfidence Eliminates Watchfulness
– “Be vigilant”
– “watch and pray”
14 WARNING
• Don’t Let What Happened to Israel Happen to You (v.12)
• Don’t Be Overconfident (v.12)
• Temptation Is Inevitable
15 Temptation is Inevitable
• “Except Such as is Common to Man”
– Any Passages that Affirms the Universality of Sin Also Affirms the Universality of Temptation
– “offenses must come”
• ESV – “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!”
16 Warnings and Encouragement
1. Warnings About Sin and Temptation
2. Encouragement Concerning Temptation
17 Encouragement
• You Are Not Alone in Your Battle with Temptation (v.13)
18 You Are Not Alone in Battle with Temptation
• Sometimes We Feel Like No One Knows What It Is Like to Struggle With My Temptations
• My Temptations Are Not Unique to Me – They Are Common to Man
– Devil always attacks in the same way –
– He did in the garden of Eden –
– He did with Christ – ; ;
19 Encouragement
• You Are Not Alone in Your Battle with Temptation (v.13)
• God Can Be Trusted – He is Faithful
– He does not lie –
– If God says:
• There is a way of escape – you can trust there is a way of escape
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• If God says I will not be tempted beyond my ability to endure –
you can trust it
• If God says he can help us in temptation – you can trust the
Lord (; )
20 Encouragement
• You Are Not Alone in Your Battle with Temptation (v.13)
• God Can Be Trusted – He is Faithful
• God Will Not Allow You To Be Tempted Beyond Your Ability
– This passage shows that God is watching over each of us personally and individually -
– God will not allow Satan to tempt and attack us beyond what we can bear
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21 Encouragement
• You Are Not Alone in Your Battle with Temptation (v.13)
• God Can Be Trusted – He is Faithful
• God Will Not Allow You To Be Tempted Beyond Your Ability
• There is Always a Way of Escape
– literally – “a exit, a way out”
– For Joseph – the way of escape was to run out the door –
– For Jesus – the way of escape was in his knowledge of God’s word
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