Big Idea; Don't disobey God when you can see Him out the front window. Paul uses the wilderness wanders as examples of God's holiness and our disobedience.
Keep in mind: They had an atonement system to avert the Wrath of God but not remove it.
[Hbr 10:1 ESV] For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.
[Hbr 10:2 ESV] Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?
Every evil act of rebellion The Israelites did was in plain sight of God’s Visible presence. Don’t rebel against God, when you can go out your front door and see His presence. (They are an example to us)
[1Cr 10:5 ESV] Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
[1Cr 10:6 ESV] Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.
Oh Oh, Idol worship leads to all kinds of sin. Paul mentions Exodus 32 and the Golden Calf.
[Exd 32:1 ESV] When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, "Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him."
[Exd 32:2 ESV] So Aaron said to them, "Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me."
[Exd 32:3 ESV] So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron.
[Exd 32:4 ESV] And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!"
[Exd 32:5 ESV] When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, "Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD."
[Exd 32:6 ESV] And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.
[1Cr 10:7 ESV] Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play."
[Exd 32:27 ESV] And he said to them, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel, 'Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor.'"
[Exd 32:28 ESV] And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell.
[Exd 32:35 ESV] Then the LORD sent a plague on the people, because they made the calf, the one that Aaron made.
But Aaron was forgiven.
[1Cr 10:8 ESV] We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three
thousand fell in a single day.
The Event in Numbers.
[Num 25:1 ESV] While Israel lived in Shittim, the people began to whore with the daughters of Moab.
[Num 25:2 ESV] These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.
[Num 25:3 ESV] So Israel yoked himself to Baal of Peor. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.
[Num 25:4 ESV] And the LORD said to Moses, "Take all the chiefs of the people and hang them in the sun before the LORD, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel."
[Num 25:5 ESV] And Moses said to the judges of Israel, "Each of you kill those of his men who have yoked themselves to Baal of Peor."
[Num 25:6 ESV] And behold, one of the people of Israel came and brought a Midianite woman to his family, in the sight of Moses and in the sight of the whole congregation of the people of Israel, while they were weeping in the entrance of the tent of meeting.
[Num 25:7 ESV] When Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose and left the congregation and took a spear in his hand
[Num 25:8 ESV] and went after the man of Israel into the chamber and pierced both of them, the man of Israel and the woman through her belly. Thus the plague on the people of Israel was stopped.
[Num 25:9 ESV] Nevertheless, those who died by the plague were twenty-four thousand.
[Num 25:10 ESV] And the LORD said to Moses,
[Num 25:11 ESV] "Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, has turned back my wrath from the people of Israel, in that he was jealous with my jealousy among them, so that I did not consume the people of Israel in my jealousy.
Biblical Integrity Issue? Is it 23 or 24 thousand? Answer Yes!
The Big Idea: Don’t rebel against God when He is Right There! A lot of people died.
It’s over 23 thousand.
Paul mentions Numbers 21. Fiery serpents, because people were grumbling against God.
[1Cr 10:9 ESV] We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents,
Paul points to Numbers 16 Woah, Never challenge God especially when you can see Him.
God sent a plague into the Israelite Camp.
[Num 21:4 ESV] From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way.
[Num 21:5 ESV] And the people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food."
[Num 21:6 ESV] Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
[Num 21:7 ESV] And the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people.
[Num 21:8 ESV] And the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live."
[Num 21:9 ESV] So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.
[Num 21:10 ESV] And the people of Israel set out and camped in Oboth.
This is where Jesus references His sacrifice in John 3
[Jhn 3:13 ESV] No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
[Jhn 3:14 ESV] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
[Jhn 3:15 ESV] that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
[1Cr 10:10 ESV] nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.
The Israelites rebelled against Moses
[Num 16:42 ESV] And when the congregation had assembled against Moses and against Aaron, they turned toward the tent of meeting. And behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.
[Num 16:43 ESV] And Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting,
[Num 16:44 ESV] and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
[Num 16:45 ESV] "Get away from the midst of this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment." And they fell on their faces.
[Num 16:46 ESV] And Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the LORD; the plague has begun."
[Num 16:47 ESV] So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people. And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.
[Num 16:48 ESV] And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.
[Num 16:49 ESV] Now those who died in the plague were 14,700, besides those who died in the affair of Korah.
[Num 16:50 ESV] And Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting, when the plague was stopped.
Paul, why are you telling Christians about these things?
[1Cr 10:11 ESV] Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.
A Humble view of yourself.
God is HOLY & Sovereign, WE are Not.
[1Cr 10:12 ESV] Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
God’s Wrath has not consumed us, because His wrath has consumed Jesus Christ instead of us.
Note: Paul doesn’t say Christians are never tempted.
He says God has got your back when you are tempted.
[1Cr 10:13 ESV] No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
[1Cr 10:14 ESV] Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
The Offering of Christ and the memorial , Flesh and Blood. Unity the Christians that is why it is called Communion. Individuals with God and with each other. Commune.
[1Cr 10:15 ESV] I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.
[1Cr 10:16 ESV] The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
[1Cr 10:17 ESV] Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
The Jewish Sacrificial System. The people and the Levites ate the offerings.
[1Cr 10:18 ESV] Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?
An Idol is nothing, The Food is Food, but the intent of the pagans is evil.
[1Cr 10:19 ESV] What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?
[1Cr 10:20 ESV] No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons.
[1Cr 10:21 ESV] You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
[1Cr 10:22 ESV] Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
Freedom In Christ. Use it to encourage others.
[1Cr 10:23 ESV] "All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up.
[1Cr 10:24 ESV] Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
The Model, Don’t ask, don’t tell.
[1Cr 10:25 ESV] Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.
[1Cr 10:26 ESV] For "the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof."
[1Cr 10:27 ESV] If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience.
[1Cr 10:28 ESV] But if someone says to you, "This has been offered in sacrifice," then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience—
Our day is alcohol. There is no command, “thou shalt not”. But for me. . . .
It’s not about you smartypants, it’s about them.
[1Cr 10:29 ESV] I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else's conscience?
[1Cr 10:30 ESV] If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?
Why? The Glory of God, That’s Why!
[1Cr 10:31 ESV] So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
[1Cr 10:32 ESV] Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,
[1Cr 10:33 ESV] just as I try to please everyone in everything I do,
not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
Greek Verb: sōzō to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
Look. You need to ask Jesus Christ to save you from your sin. Or you will not make it to Heaven.