The scripture for today, October 5 (10/5) is 2nd Corinthians 10:5f as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert. Now, these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.”
This is about the 40 years the Jews wandered in the wilderness between leaving their slavery in Egypt and beginning a nation for themselves in their Promised Land.
It took Moses 40 years to get the Jews out of Egypt. But it took 400 years to get Egypt out of the Jews. They believed their way was better than God’s way. They wanted God to protect them and provide for their needs, but they kept God at a distance as far as their ethics and way of life.
Events in the Old Testament are there as examples to us. This is one reason why we need to read the Old Testament. The early Jews did not want to listen to God, so God did not listen to them. Do we keep God at a distance? In that case, God keeps us at a distance.
Do we want God to treat us the way we treat him? This can be a frightening thought. It can also be a blissful thought.