THE FEAR OF THE LORD
Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. I Corinthians 10:1-5
The apostle Paul is warning the church at Corinth that what happened to Israel because of their disobedience in the wilderness was an example for us in the New Testament that we should not lust after evil things.
Israel was involved in idolatry, gross immorality and turned away from the Most High and twenty three thousand were killed in one day! They also tested God and were destroyed by serpents (a type of demons) and they complained and were destroyed by the destroyer. Many today think that God has somehow changed and doesn't see our sin because Jesus died for us, but when a believer commits willful sin he is trampling upon the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and has insulted the Holy Spirit!
The Old Testament is a type and shadow of things to come, for us who are of the New Covenant, a better covenant indeed, but it has much more serious consequences for those who don't obey but continue in sin! Remember the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord!
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, (instruction) upon whom the ends of the ages have come. I Corinthians 10:11
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin