Temple Baptist Church - 6-17-2020
Hebrews 12:3-13; 1 Corinthians 10:1-12
A. Verse three – Our Consideration. As Christ endured, we must also endure. Endure or Faint, the choice is ours. We can endure.
B. Verse four – Our Courage. No matter how much we endure, we are still blessed of God in the meantime. We have not paid the high price for service that many of our forefathers have paid.
C. Verse 5 – Our Chastisement. There will be a payday for weariness that causes fainting. So many of God’s people serve for a while and then just quit!
D. I will be preaching on chastisement in two parts because of the amount of time it would take to preach it thoroughly.
E. Looking back to verse one, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses” is still the beginning of the context of this chapter.
1. There were “witnesses of faith.” Those who were victorious in this life and those who prevailed in disappointment here but confidence in the life to come.
2. Now, we find “witnesses of failure.” Those who chose to become weary in their minds and faint.
F. There is an Old Testament Example and a New Testament Exhortation. I will deal with the Old Testament Example tonight.
G. 1 Corinthians 10:1-12 speaks of the weariness and fainting of the Nation of Israel.
1 Corinthians 10:11-13 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (12) Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (13) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
h. Israel Came Out But They Would Not Go In
Exodus 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. (The Lord brought them out to take them in. Many Christians are brought out of their sins through salvation, but through rebellion and unbelief, they never enter Canaan’s land.)
a. Canaan - A Type of Victorious Christian Living
b. Canaan - A Type of Spiritual Maturity
c. Canaan - A Type of God’s Perfect Will
I. IN THESE VERSES WE FIND A PICTURE OF PRIVILEGE - VS 1-4
A. They Were All Under The Cloud - Divine Presence and Guidance - vs 1
B. They All Passed Through The Sea - Divine Protection and Deliverance - vs 2
Exodus 14:22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
C. They Were All Baptized Unto Moses - Divine Pastor - vs 3 (Baptism – identification and association. Israel believed in Moses, #Ex 14:31 and gave up themselves to Moses as their leader and commander through the wilderness)
Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
D. They Did All Eat And Drink - Divine Provision - vs 3-4
Psalms 78:23-25 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, (24) And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. (25) Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.
Psalms 78:15-16 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths. (16) He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
II. IN THESE VERSES WE FIND A PICTURE OF TRANSGRESSION - VS 5-10
A. They Lusted After Evil Things - vs 6 (they lusted after things that God did not want them to have)
Numbers 11:4-6 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.
B. They Became Idolaters - vs 7 (they put worldly things ahead of God)
Exodus 32:6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
C. They Fell Into Immorality - vs 8 (they gave themselves over to sexual sin)
Numbers 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.
D. They Tempted God - vs 9 (they questioned God’s provision and care)
Exodus 17:1, 6 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
1. They Doubted God's Word
2. They Doubted God's Man
3. They Doubted God's Message
E. They Murmured - vs 10 (God hates complaining and murmuring)
Numbers 14:1-5 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
1. They Found Fault
2. They Sowed Discord
3. They Spoke Evil of God's Care
III. A PICTURE OF CHASTISEMENT - VS 5, 12
A. They Displeased God
B. They Missed Canaan
C. They Were Overthrown In The Wilderness
(GREAT PRIVILEGE - GREAT SIN - GREAT CHASTISEMENT)
1. They Lost Their Service - Loss of Reward
2. They Lost Their Hedge - Loss of Hedge
3. They Lost Their Blessing - Loss of Joy
4. They Lost Their Fellowship - Loss of Peace