Written on May 23rd, 2005 - 3:02AM Last Updated: April 7th, 2006 - 4:57AM
Now all these things happened to them by way of example, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come. (1 Corinthians 10:11)
This admonition was a wonderful comparison of the early Israelis' exodus from Egypt into the wilderness to the salvation of God's people in Jesus and their life in an ungodly world.
Immediately prior to this point, the apostle had been warning the Corinthians of the dangers of idolatry: even as Israel was just delivered from Egypt, many did not walk in faith, clinging unto their Savior, Yahweh. With those people Yahweh was not pleased; and they fell in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:5).
They, even after eating spiritual food from heaven, and spiritual drink from the Rock, lusted after meat, committed sexual immorality, and grumbled with their condition (1 Corinthians 10:6-10). They, having been saved from slavery, longed to return to it.
But it happened as an example for us—those who trust in Yahweh through His Son—that we might not stumble when we think we are standing firmly (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Why does the apostle connect this story of Israel with the Table of Yahweh?
Israel had its nourishment from Yahweh (the Manna and the miraculous Water from the Rock, Which Paul calls Christ); they ate and drank of it, and they still lusted after evil things (1 Corinthians 10:3-11). Though they had the true Food and Drink of Elohim, they were not satisfied, and joined themselves to demons.
The Assembly has its nourishment from Yahweh (the Flesh and Blood of His Son), we eat and drink of it, and we too have the ability to still lust for evil things. Even though the Lord Jesus' Flesh and Blood are called "True Food" and "True Drink" by Him (John 6:55), some may forsake that Supper, being unsatisfied (Hebrews 6:4-8).
But, just as Israel could not do so (and live), so we cannot do so. It is impossible to commune, or to share intimately, with both Yahweh and Satan.
You can't both drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You can't both partake of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons. (1 Corinthians 10:21)
We are warned to flee from idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:14). Even as we are tempted to forsake the Living One for that which cannot give life, so was Israel tempted. We might learn from them what to do. Their lust did not bring what they desired. They fell in the wilderness and died. They did not gain freedom and a life of luxury. However, those who ate from Yahweh's hand did; those who trusted Him and were satisfied with the provision straight from His abode in heaven, the same were led into the Promised Land and inherited their possession as ordained by the Father.
Through this comparison, we might learn to mind the spiritual things and not be dwelling upon the things of the flesh. Even in the times of Israel, God's people continually wandered from what could truly satisfy:
Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which doesn't satisfy? listen diligently to me, and eat you that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. (Isaiah 55:2)
Because we have God's best, His Son, both in our hearts and spirits, and in our bodies through the Supper, we have no need to look elsewhere.
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come you to the waters, and he who has no money; come you, buy, and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Turn your ear, and come to me; hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. (Isaiah 55:1, 3)
If we fill ourselves on the Food of God, by trusting in His Son in this New Covenant, we will not hunger for that which does not satisfy.
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)
And so, in this Supper of the Lord, we see the ultimate truth—will we trust in Yahweh and truly live, or will we doubt Him and die?
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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24When he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, "Take, eat. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of me." 25In the same way he also took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of me." (1 Corinthians 11:24-25)