1 Corinthians 10: 11 (NKJV) Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
This scripture ties up a longer section referring back to the stories of the Old Testament. The writer wants us to know that every word in the Bible has value for us. In fact, this tells us that we who believe in Jesus are the ones “upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” We were the target of these stories, the reason they were written and we need to value them – both the Old and New Testaments.
Henry Morris points out that the word “examples” here, in Greek, is tupos from which we get our English word “type”. The Old Testament characters and stories are “types” from which we can draw meaning. For example, Job is a “type” of person who understood what it meant to stay true to God no matter what the circumstances and no matter how much you don’t understand why things turn out as they do in life. Job is an example to us, a figure meant to encourage us, give us instruction and hope.
Finally, take a look at the word “admonition” which is nouthesia in Greek. It means “to put in mind” or “to train by word”. God has not left us to fend for ourselves in life. He led more than 40 authors over a period of 1,500 years to give us exactly the “types” He wants to use to “train us by word.” He saw to it that after thousands of years, His training is there to help us make sense out of life. How tragic that so many people never prioritize reading His Bible, let alone studying and memorizing it. Make it your thought today to get into the Word.