Beware of These 4 Evil Desires
One of the greatest benefits of studying the Old Testament is how it makes the New Testament come alive! If you have been faithfully reading the book of Numbers with us, then the passage I am about to share from the New Testament will suddenly take on a whole new, deeper meaning than it ever has before.
Read Paul’s words below as he warns us of 4 evil desires:
1 Corinthians 10:1-11
For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6 Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.
7 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.” 8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9 We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.
11 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.
“They were written down for our instruction.”
Sometimes as we read the Old Testament, we tend to think it is just a bunch of stories and we struggle to find application or relevance to our lives. This is a huge mistake!
Paul says – the book of Numbers was written down for our instruction – it’s for us!
So what are the 4 evil desires? Read what Courtney has to say: