I want you to remember, my friends, what happened to our ancestors who followed Moses. They were all under the protection of the cloud, and all passed safely through the Red Sea.
In the cloud and in the sea they were all baptized as followers of Moses.
All ate the same spiritual bread
and drank the same spiritual drink. They drank from the spiritual rock that went with them; and that rock was Christ himself.
But even then God was not pleased with most of them, and so their dead bodies were scattered over the desert.
Now, all of this is an example for us, to warn us not to desire evil things, as they did,
nor to worship idols, as some of them did. As the scripture says, "The people sat down to a feast which turned into an orgy of drinking and sex."
We must not be guilty of sexual immorality, as some of them were - and in one day twenty-three thousand of them fell dead.
We must not put the Lord to the test, as some of them did - and they were killed by snakes.
We must not complain, as some of them did - and they were destroyed by the Angel of Death.
All these things happened to them as examples for others, and they were written down as a warning for us. For we live at a time when the end is about to come.
If you think you are standing firm you had better be careful that you do not fall.
Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.
So then, my dear friends, keep away from the worship of idols.
I speak to you as sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.
The cup we use in the Lord's Supper and for which we give thanks to God: when we drink from it, we are sharing in the blood of Christ. And the bread we break: when we eat it, we are sharing in the body of Christ.
Because there is the one loaf of bread, all of us, though many, are one body, for we all share the same loaf.
Consider the people of Israel; those who eat what is offered in sacrifice share in the altar's service to God.