“Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did” (v6). Paul used the Israelites that followed Moses in the desert as a severe warning to New Testament believers. Though they ate “spiritual food and drink” and followed “the Rock that was Christ” – they experienced God’s grace and His miraculous provision day by day – they still became idolaters and indulged in sexual immorality (v8). Their “spiritual experiences” were not enough; they did not commit their whole selves to God but instead chased other things.
“Flee from idolatry” (v14). Forgiven by Christ, we are called to reject the temptations of immorality, greed, and pride and instead to live as His holy people.