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Take Heed Lest You Fall

God's people, the Israelites, had just been freed from slavery in Egypt. God, through Moses, had brought ten terrible plagues upon the Egyptians. The water in the river had been turned into blood. Frogs had filled the land. The plague of gnats was followed by the plague of flies. The livestock had died by disease and boils had come on men and animals. Next came fiery hail and then the plague of locusts and then darkness. Finally, all the first born had died. When Pharaoh had kicked them out of Egypt, he soon changed his mind and pursued the Israelites. God caused the Red Sea to part and the Israelites escaped on dry ground while the Egyptians perished. What great miracles God performed to rescue His people! They were so thankful that they sang a song of praise for their deliverance. They pledged themselves to God. How could they not believe in God? They had witnessed His great power. But shortly thereafter, they began complaining about their lack of water and food and wanted to return to Egypt. When Moses went up on the mountain to receive the tablets with the Ten Commandments and delayed his return, they came to Moses' brother Aaron.

And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. (Exo. 32:1)

How could they so soon turn their back on God who had rescued them with great power? Surely you and I would not act like they did. If we experienced the great power that the Israelites experienced, we would not have turned our backs on God. But don't be so sure. The apostle Paul gives the following warning: "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Cor. 10:12)...

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Ed Anderson
(Sierra Vista, AZ )


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