The Fathers had a first hand experience of God. They got led of God by the pillar of cloud and they got to see the wonderful signs and miracles God did in the wilderness and in crossing the red sea. They had the privilege to eat spiritual meat and spiritual drink – Christ – and they had Christ following them all the way.
But, God was not pleased with many of them – they were destroyed in the wilderness. 1 Cor. 10:1-12
WHY? How did they slip?
What makes a man to slip/fall?
vs6: They lusted after evil things
The influence of wrong company (the mixed multitude fell a lusting and the children f Israel cried again, “who shall give us flesh to eat”)
LUST: When the provisions of the world that you left for God at salvation begins to appeal to you greater than the provisions of God in Christ.
The Israelites ate the Egyptian food freely. But for manna, they had to:
- Go about
- Gather it
- Ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar
- Bake it in pans
- Make cakes of it
That is work, which the Israelites were naturally not inclined to. Really, man is naturally inclined to play, not work. It takes an intentional effort to work.
Deut 8:3 – And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
God passed them through the training of hunger, and then fed them with manna so that they can learn to live by the words of God’s mouth, and not by bread alone. But they didn’t see the hard times as a training, neither did they see humility as a virtue to be coveted. They couldn’t see it.
The taste of manna was as the taste of fresh oil. But they wished for the Egyptian food, and despised manna.
What motivates a man to work is the reward that lies at the end of the work. They saw no reward in serving God.
Psa. 106:13-14 – They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
The Israelites forgot the works of God: they forgot the enormous benefit of manna, as the scriptures say:
Deut 8:4 – Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
When a man begins to lose sight of the rewards of serving God, he sees only the stress of the training and, because naturally, every man shifts to comfort, then he begins to lust after the easy way out.
In His steps,