5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”*
1 Corinthians 10:5-7 NIV
5 Yet with the majority of them God was not pleased, so their bodies were strewn across the desert.
6 Now these things took place as prefigurative historical events, warning us not to set our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Don’t be idolaters, as some of them were — as the Tanakh puts it, “The people sat down to eat and drink, then got up to indulge in revelry.”*
1 Corinthians 10:5-7 CJB
* Exodus 32:6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.
It is odd that only three versions of the Bible that have the word heart in verse six, two of them are shown above. The others have some version of the following
Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. ESV
Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. NKJV
Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. NASB
Still, the use of the word heart seems very fitting as we know evil desires come from the heart as does a lust after evil things, and a craving of evil things. So what are we to make of all of this? Well, first of all this chapter begins with a historical lesson we would do well to listen to as it leads to the verses for today.
1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:1-3
Wow! After they were blessed by their escape from Egypt and during that escape they were baptized into Moses in the cloud and the sea, they still chose to be idolaters to indulge in revelry. The revelry, singing and dancing, was to honor the idol of the golden calf. So what happened to those who did this? The following verses answer this question after first telling us the singing and dancing also included sexual immorality.
8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel. 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.
1 Corinthians 10:8-11
Our hearts should take notice of such warnings especially in our time when every act of sin seems to be encouraged everywhere. One country is already planning to re-educate children who are brought up on biblical values and another country is doing its best to remove Christianity as an obstacle to their plans. We truly need to watch our hearts in the time we live in.