On sexual immorality and 23,000 deaths (1 Corinthians 10:8)

"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

I imagine there would be something nice about being a woman. Not that no women struggle with sexual immorality, just that it's much more of a problem amongst men (at least this is my understanding - we seem to have a hormone problem).

Imagine the Lord being so angry with His people He sets in place a plague to punish them. This is a reference to Numbers 25, where the people of Israel, "began to whore with the daughters of Moab"(v 1). Reading that verse sort of rubs me wrong. What awful language. But I suppose the point is more about the awfulness of the sin. The Bible, and the Lord don't seem to go lightly on the significance of sin.

Here is a verse in 1 Corinthians calling us to a higher standard. I'm shocked at just how acceptable it is in our churches to go watch rated R movies (nudity etc...) - pastors and all. We've allowed ourselves to become numb to our sin and the things it leads us to. But this is a reminder. The Lord despises sexual sin. So much 23,000 died in one day. That's as many people as I went to college with.

Don't take your sin lightly. Flea from sexual immorality. It's truly not worth it.


As a side note, here is how the story in Numbers ends... interesting stuff:
"When Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose and left the congregation and took a spear in his hand and went after the man of Israel into the chamber and pierced both of them, the man of Israel and the woman through her belly. Thus the plague on the people of Israel was stopped." - Numbers 25:7-8