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Posted by Brad Quiring on August 21, 2017

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV2011)

13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

You’ve probably heard – or maybe you’ve even said – “God will never give me more than I can handle.” Sounds really good but there’s just one problem. The Bible doesn’t teach that. The whole picture
of this verse doesn’t have to do with tough times, it has to do with the temptation to sin.

Temptation to sin comes in many forms. Tests of our faith are constantly there and our integrity is always under attack. Satan is at the forefront of these attacks and he always is dirty and vicious in his dealings with us. He wants to completely destroy us. We are never able to handle temptation. That’s why we need God and His escape that he always provides.

Paul is writing to the Christians in the city of Corinth. He is giving them the whole picture because we see in the previous chapters of 1 Corinthians that they were taking many liberties with their faith and freedom.

1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (NIV2011)

We have Advantages because we are God’s people. God did not leave his people alone without the resources necessary to fulfill his plans and purposes, including God’s will that we be holy as he is holy.

1 Corinthians 10:1 (NIV2011) For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.

The liberated Israelites enjoyed the supernatural guidance and protection in the form of the pillar of cloud in their Exodus from Egypt. God’s presence with them. We as believers in Jesus have also have God’s guidance and protection through the Holy Spirit. God’s presence with us. We also have God’s complete Word, the Bible, to give us

The Israelites experienced a miraculous deliverance from those who sought to take their lives. We, too, have experienced a miraculous deliverance—salvation from our sins and eternal punishment of our sins because of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

1 Corinthians 10:2 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.

The Israelites were all baptized into Moses, that is, united with their spiritual head. Christians have been baptized, or united, into the body of Christ of which He is the Head and in whom we trust and obey.

1 Corinthians 10:3 3 They all ate the same spiritual food

The Israelites all enjoyed spiritual food, manna, the supernatural bread from heaven. Believers in Jesus had also eaten bread from heaven. In John 6:31-34, Jesus says HE is the bread of life, the one who gives life and satisfaction in life.

1 Corinthians 10:4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.

Israel drank spiritual drink in the desert (Ex. 17:6). Paul interprets this passage saying that Jesus Christ was the source of this supernatural water. Christ too is the source of supernatural, life giving water for those of us who believe in Him. Water symbolizes that which keeps us alive and cleanses us from sin. Jesus gives us eternal life with God and he takes away our sin

Just because God’s people had all these supernatural advantages from God, doesn’t mean all went well for them in terms of faith and lifestyle. This was true back then for Israel and for those of us who believe in Jesus.

1 Corinthians 10:5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

The presence of supernatural advantages in the lives of Old Testament Israelites do not produce success.

1 Corinthians 10:6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.

Paul gives examples from the past to protect us from setting our hearts or lusting after and dedicating ourselves to evil things. It is protection for our hearts, beyond the evil actions, it had to do with the “setting of the heart” on evil things.

But, temptation is always at the door:

1 Corinthians 10:7-10

7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.

Idolatry is creating and worshiping one’s own god. What we dedicate our lives, time and money to becomes a god.

Beware of thinking we are in control and that life is for us. Worship the true God alone!

Sexual immorality is also described as fornication and living for self-pleasure. It is sexual activity outside God’s specific boundaries.

THEREFORE: Beware of only living for pleasure, good feelings and good times. Live with integrity and purity for God. According to God’s standards revealed in the Bible.

Testing Christ is having a rebellious lack of faith. The Israelites complained against God’s plan and God’s leadership, they would not acknowledge God’s care and protection, and they refused to acknowledge that the reason they were wandering in the desert was because of their sin. Beware of thinking and living in a way which pushes God and His Word out of your life. Follow God’s life plan and lifestyle.

Complaining rather than submitting. It’s not just the complaining about conditions, it is the attitude of refusal to submit. Beware of setting yourself against God’s way and God’s leaders and authorities in your life. Submit to God’s word and God’s leaders.

1 Corinthians 10:11-12

11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

All this was written as a warning for the Corinthians and now for us as fellow believers in Jesus. It shows how those who enjoy divine privileges and lay claim to the title of being God’s people, but do not live in separation from the world that opposes God, do not please God. Temptation and failure come to anyone because of the issue of our pride.

1 Corinthians 10:13: 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

  1. We won’t be tempted with something “new” or “unusual.” No temptation will come our way that hasn’t already been part of the human experience.
  2. God is faithful. He will not allow any temptation to come our way that is too great for us to handle.
  3. God will always provide a way for us to say NO and the strength to bear up under the pull of sin. All this provided we accept and use the escape he has given us.

· Put all your faith and trust in God and His Word

· Regularly evaluate your thinking and lifestyle,
using the Bible as your guide

· When you are tempted, seek the escape!

  • Leave physically
  • Repeat scripture, out loud if you have to
  • Stop and think before you act
  • Ask someone who is wise and experienced

· When you sin, CONFESS your sin and REPENT of your sinful lifestyle and thinking (change direction)