“Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did” 1 Corinthians 10:6.
We have just celebrated a holiday dedicated to freedom. Freedom is a very biblical context, but not in quite the direction many have taken it in recent decades. Rather, God says,
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”
So, God gives us the freedom to choose and lets us know the consequences of our choices ahead of time.
What an ordeal those wandering with Moses for forty years in the wilderness endured! Paul makes it clear here that they went through that for you! What? Yes, to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things. That’s how much God cares about your exercise of freedom. With it choose to serve one another in love, setting your hearts and minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Why? Because, as he tells us later, you have been raised with Christ.
What do you choose to do with your freedom?
Plattsburgh church of Christ
author of Kin of Cain
“Grendel and his mother are dead … but something survived.”