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. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 1 Corinthians 10:1-5
Paul wanted us to know that his some of his forefathers were as much Believers as you and I are. They had obedience and loyalty problems just like we do. They served the same Christ that we do, even though He hadn’t come to Earth yet. They were not superior in any way to us.
We look at them at times and think what it must have been like to see the Hand of God moving so mightily in their lives that they must have been super-spiritual. Then we read the rest of the story about them grumbling, complaining, building a golden calf, and giving their leaders many more gray hairs.
Frail. Disobedient. Blessed. Indulgent.
Just like us.
Or we’re like them.