“God looketh on the heart.”

1 Corinthians 10:1-12

1 Corinthians 10:1

Ignorance about Old Testament history is very undesirable, for thereby much of spiritual instruction is lost. The Israelites were intended to be practical lessons to us. They hud all the outward ordinances and privileges of religion, and yet they perished, and we ought to take heed lest we do the same. Were we baptized with an outward baptism at the outset of our religious history? So were they, with the cloud above them and the sea on either side, buried in baptism with their leader.

1 Corinthians 10:3, 4

Thus they had the analogy of the Lord’s Supper; they ate manna, and drank from the riven rock; the bread and wine of the Communion are similar types of him whose flesh is meat indeed, and whose blood is drink indeed.

1 Corinthians 10:5

They died, notwithstanding their participation in divine ordinances, and so shall we, unless by faith we avoid their faults.

1 Corinthians 10:12

Our baptism, participation in the Lord’s Supper, and other privileges, may make us think ourselves secure, but we must take heed, for far more is needed.

In the Psalms we find the same lesson set to music.

Psalm 95

Psalm 95:1-11

They were outwardly his people, and had every means used upon them to make them worthy of their calling, but as they never became a spiritual people, their privileges were of no avail, and they died in the wilderness. Let us beware of resting in anything short of saving faith, and a real change of heart. “Ye must be born again.”


Come, sound his praise abroad,

And hymns of glory sing;

Jehovah is the sovereign God,

The universal King.


Come, worship at his throne,

Come, bow before the Lord:

We are his works, and not our own;

He form’d us by his word.


Today attend his voice,

Nor dare provoke his rod;

Come, like the people of his choice,

And own your gracious God.



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