with Israel God was not well-pleased;
for they were laid low in the
wilderness. Now these things happened as
examples for the Church, so that we
would not crave evil things as they did.
Do not be idolaters as some of them
were; as it is written, ‘The people sat
down to eat and drink, and stood up to
play.’" 1 Corinthians 10:5-7
The apostasy into which the
Israelites repeatedly fell was one of
mixture. They generally did not totally
reject worshiping the true God, but
mixed in pagan customs and rites.
Sometimes they just added foreign gods
to their worship list as in the time of
Elijah when they were worshiping Baal.
At Mt. Carmel Elijah cried out, -"How
much longer will it take you to make up
your minds? If the LORD is God, worship
him; but if Baal is God, worship him!"Obviously
they were serving both.
When God delivered the Israelites out of
Egypt and instructed them in His Laws He
warned them to not add nor take away
from His instructions. He also warned
them against learning the ways the pagan
nations worshiped their gods and said, -"You
shall not behave this way toward Me, for
it is an abomination to Me."
In today’s text, the Apostle Paul
warns the Church to not make the
mistakes Israel made.
In saying, -"The
people sat down to eat and drink, and
stood up to play" Paul
reminds the Church of Israel’s mistake
when they made a golden calf and
worshiped it in the wilderness of Sinai.
Moses had been on the Mountain with God
for more than a month and the people did
not know what had happened to him, so
they went to Aaron, the High Priest and
asked that he would make a graven image
to represent God. They gave their silver
and gold as offerings for the project.
After Aaron had completed the task he
this is the God that delivered you out
of Egypt." Aaron
then proclaimed a Festival to the Lord
to be celebrated the next day. Notice
that this was not an image to represent
a pagan god but the God of Israel.
And notice also that the Festival
which Aaron proclaimed was to honor a
pagan god but the God of Moses.
Though this was all done to honor the
true God, because of the unholy mixture
God did not accept it. Meanwhile on the
mountain top God said to Moses, -"Go
down at once for the people have
corrupted themselves. They have quickly
turned aside from the way which I
commanded them." As
a result three thousand men died that
According to our text, this was recorded
for us in order that we would not fall
into the same error. Paul said, -"Do
not be idolaters as some of them were." God
sees mixture as idolatry and
unfaithfulness. God wants His Church to
be holy and pure in our worship of Him.
The Lord is coming for a pure bride, let
us be found faithful.