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1 Corinthians 10

Jerry Zhang
Jerry Zhang

2 min read

With Most Of Them God Was Not Pleased

For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and 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 from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. – 1 Corinthians 10:1-5

Paul reminds us about the people Moses lead out of Egypt and into the promised land of Canaan. But he issues a warning: with most of them God was not pleased.

How displeased was God? Reading a bit further, we have our answer:

We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. – 1 Corinthians 10:8

God was so displeased that he eliminated 23,000 of his own chosen people in 1 day. This is the God of love we're talking about, the God of mercy, grace, and forgiveness. All the good things we hear.

And if you thought 23,000 of his own people was bad, just recall the story of Noah's Ark. God regretted making humans and wiped out the entire human race except for 8 people. God hit the reset button. Seems like God has a tendency to do that, and we know when he's going to do it again–Revelations is full of those details.

With Most Of Us God Will Also Be Unpleased

Let's remember that those terrifying things happened to the Israelites, God's chosen people. That means even those who dwell within churches are within range of God's wrath.

Today, in the contemporary Christian churches, God will most likely also be unpleased with many of us. No one is immune. The moment we start induling in sin again, turning to idols, we are susceptible to experiencing God's wrath.

I'm not a prophet, but I can't help but wonder if COVID-19 was God's way of reminding the world and its human race how fragile we are. At first, I think people started to be extremely careful and value their lives. But after a few months in, people started to grow complacent again. Is this another instance of God pushing the reset button?

Do Not Forget To Fear God

Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. – 1 Corinthians 10:6

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. – 1 Corinthians 10:11

Yes, God is loving, merciful, gracious, etc. But let's not forget to fear God and how powerful he is. He doesn't make exceptions to fulfill his Holy standard. In fact, we should be absolutely terrified knowing these stories.

If we believe the Bible is fully accurate and fully intentional, we should understand that these old testament stories were written down as a record for us so that we can learn from their example and not go down the same path.

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Jerry Zhang

Programmer, YouTuber, and amateur musician. I like to write too!