It is hard to “turn many away from iniquity” if one is not a good example himself of walking properly before God. The priesthood of Malachi’s day was doing the opposite and, consequently, was leading many into iniquity.
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Joshua was saying that Terah and Abraham were ungodly unbelievers in the world, but they were called out. God took Abraham, the Israelites’ forefather, out of that environment and made him a believer. Abraham was brought through the “flood” (across the Euphrates) just as the Israelites were brought through the Red Sea and across the river Jordan. The spiritual lesson is that the heritage of the old man, which is ingrained in our human nature, will again conquer us if we do not fight. We must resist the world, the flesh, and the devil. Joshua was telling the Israelites to resist temptations—to remain obedient. By tracing this history, Joshua showed how God led the Israelites.
1 Corinthians Chapter 10: Lessons from Israel in the Wilderness, Meat Offered to Idols, The Lord’s SupperNov 19th, 2009 | By admin | Category: 1 & 2 Corinthians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)
Just as the Israelites back there were under God’s protection, so when we consecrate, we are under the shadow of the Almighty. We go under the cherubim curtain and enter the Holy of the Tabernacle under His protection. This is the common experience of all true Christians who dedicate themselves to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, the rock Moses smote, out of which came water, represented Christ, and that Rock was a moving Rock. The Israelites “drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them,” keeping them under God’s care. In other words, what happened literally to the children of Israel back in Moses’ day has a spiritual counterpart with God’s people during the Gospel Age.
We are in a much better position today—4,000 years later—to understand the experiences in the Wilderness than the Israelites back there, for we have the benefit of God’s deeds over the years, as recorded in Scripture. Israel’s experiences were relatively limited, so we can commiserate, to a certain extent, even with their complaining initially. The nation of Israel, which had started with the children of Jacob, went back only 200-plus years at this time. However, as the miracles occurred, the people should have stored up a memory bank to increase their faith. We, as Christians, can avoid discouragement by thinking back on how God originally called us and then led us step by step into clearer and clearer understanding. Tracing providences increases faith. We look back at past providences and look forward to future promises.
Moses grew and learned. His long oration in the Book of Deuteronomy just before his death shows his maturity. We, too, have to grow from a babe into the full stature of a man in Christ Jesus. And we are assisted when we assemble together, for we learn from one another’s mistakes and strengths.