“Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did” (v6). Paul used the example of the Israelites in the desert to warn the Corinthian believers about their choices. The Israelites were delivered from slavery and experienced a kind of baptism and communion (the Red Sea crossing and manna, v2-4), yet they rejected God’s grace in favor of idolatry and sexual immorality (v7-8). Paul urged the Corinthian believers to flee from sin (v12-14).
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons” (v21). Christ wants us to be completely His, without compromise, so that our entire lives are dedicated “to the glory of God” (v31).