We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did--and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.
Thoughts for Today:Paul is speaking of Numbers 25:1-9 which describes the death of twenty-three thousand Israelite men who fornicated with Moabite women. Is Paul saying we should not commit sexual immorality because we fear punishment for our sin from the Lord? I don't think so. Moses wrote in Numbers 32:23: "...you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out." Therefore, it is not God who finds us out, but our sin that tracks us down and delivers its own punishment.
We know as believers -- the blood of His Son Jesus completely washes away all of our sin -- past, present and future. Yet, the Bible also teaches that sinful acts are inherently destructive. Galatians 6:7-8: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life." Applying this to our passage today -- when we become involved in sexual immorality the only thing we reap is destruction -- both spiritually and physically. These consequences might be immediate (an unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, broken marriage, etc), or might take a couple of decades. Whichever the case, no one gets away with sin.
Questions to Ponder:Paul wrote: "God cannot be mocked". Although saved, do you still remain involved in a sinful activity? What will you do when your sin finds you out? Blame God? Beg Him to let you escape the consequences of your acts? If this applies to you, it is best to stop now. Don't make it worse. Even though it may seem like it, no one gets away with sin forever. The consequences can be extremely harsh. So what should we do now? We're to pray, "Lord, I confess and turn from my sin. Use the scars and repercussion that I know will follow to draw others to Your grace and forgiveness."