The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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10/13/2017

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"For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and passed through the sea.... Nevertheless, with most of them, God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness... Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things..." (1 Cor.10:1, 5-6).

There has always been a curiosity on peoples part to know stuff about their ancestors. Back in the old days, folks depended on older members of their family to supply word of mouth information which would be meticulously written in family albums. As we have entered the cyber age, websites like Ancestory.com have made tracing family history easier and more exact. Typically, people also want to know about the struggles of their ancestors, which can only be found in written records kept by someone who was interested in the same thing. Christians want to know about their "religious ancestors" too. Moses, Aaron, Miriam, Joshua and the thousands who made the journey from Egypt to Canaan are ancestors of the Christian family... They were people of God ---- people learning to live by faith, people coming to learn the royal law of loving one's neighbor as himself... (Lev.19:18; Jas.2:8). In today's verses, Paul wrote about what happened to Israel in the wilderness. Why? "Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things..." It is with confidence that a Christian today may say that "Moses and Joshua were our fathers" A Christian can learn from their nobility and their humanity as they learn from all Bible characters. After the coming of Christ, the Christian family has come to realize that the calling and forming of Israel was a part of God's grand scheme of redemption. When Paul wrote the Israel of God in Gal.6:16, he had the church in mind... Those who have found the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith have inherited the true promised land... Theirs (ours) is the promise of eternal life.

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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