Temptation In The Wilderness
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea [see also Why Through The Sea?]; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
Although the Savior liberated them from the oppressed life that they had, He nevertheless left them to die afterward when they refused to obey His Word. Their object lesson was a warning to all who came later - "neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted":
"10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents." ((1 Corinthians 10:5-9 KJV)
"Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness"
Much of the Holy Bible is dual, whereby an earlier physical event or circumstance was recorded, or brought about and recorded, because of a later, and greater, spiritual event - that wasn't merely a reflection of the lesser, but a fulfillment. Christ the deliverer is calling His people out of the carnal ways of the world, an exodus, toward the spiritual promised land.
"3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus [see the Fact Finder question below]; 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house [see also The Trysting Tent]. 3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses [see also Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death?], inasmuch as he who hath builded the house [see also The Lord's Plumb Line] hath more honour than the house. 3:4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. 3:5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end." (Hebrews 3:1-6 KJV)
The Holy Spirit permits the "hearing" of God's Word (see The Unpardonable Sin).
"3:7 Wherefore, as The Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 3:8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 3:9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation [see A Journey Without A Destination], and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest." (Hebrews 3:7-11 KJV)
Christian people ever since have had the example of those who died in the wilderness to serve as a warning to not repeat their failure to reach the promised land.
"3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." (Hebrews 3:12-15 KJV)
The exodus out of Egypt was a foreshadow of a far greater exodus to come (see The Gatherings To Come).
"3:16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 3:17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief." (Hebrews 3:16-19 KJV)