Scripture: I Corinthians 10

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Warning From Israel’s History

1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (WEB) Now I would not have you ignorant, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. However with most of them, God was not well pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Don’t be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Let’s not commit sexual immorality, as some of them committed, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell. Let’s not test Christ, as some of them tested, and perished by the serpents. 10 Don’t grumble, as some of them also grumbled, and perished by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them by way of example, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands be careful that he doesn’t fall. 13 No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.    

Questions and Answers:

1. To what cloud and sea do you believe Paul was referring (I Corinthians 10:1)? Paul was referring to the cloud by which God lead the Israelites (see Exodus 13:21).  And the sea Paul was referring to was the Red Sea that God safely lead the Israelites through (see Exodus 14:22, 29).

2. To what spiritual food and spiritual drink was Paul referring (I Corinthians 10:3-4a)? Paul was referring to the miraculous provisions God gave the Israelites as they traveled through the desert (see Exodus 15:22-27; Exodus 16::4-5).

3. Who was the spiritual rock (I Corinthians 10:4b)? Christ is the Rock.

4. Why do you believe God was displeased with the Israelites (I Corinthians 10:5)? God was displeased with the Israelites because they grumbled against Him (see Numbers 14:29).

5. What did Paul say we should learn from the Israelites’ example (I Corinthians 10:6-11)? Paul said we should not lust after evil things as the Israelites did. That we shouldn’t be idolaters as some of the Israelites were. We shouldn’t commit sexual immorality as some of them did.  We shouldn’t test Christ as they did.  We shouldn’t grumble as some of them did. All these things happened to the Israelites by way of example and were written down for our admonition (as a warning).

6. Of what did Paul say to be careful (I Corinthians 10:12)? Paul said let him who thinks he stands be careful that he doesn’t fall.

7. What did Paul say about temptation (I Corinthians 10:13)? Paul says no temptation has taken us except what is common to man. God is faithful.  He will not allow us to be tempted above what we are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that we may be able to endure it.

Idol Feasts And The Lord’s Supper

1 Corinthians 10:14-22 (WEB) 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men. Judge what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, isn’t it a sharing of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, isn’t it a sharing of the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread. 18 Consider Israel according to the flesh. Don’t those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God, and I don’t desire that you would have fellowship with demons. 21 You can’t both drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You can’t both partake of the table of the Lord and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

Questions and Answers:

1. From what are we to flee (I Corinthians 10:14)? We are to flee from idolatry.

2. What did Paul say about the cup of blessing and bread (I Corinthians 10:16-17)?   The cup of blessing is the sharing of the blood of Christ.  And the breaking of bread is the sharing of the body of Christ.

3. What did Paul say about the eating of sacrifices (I Corinthians 10:18-20a)? The things which the Gentiles sacrifice are sacrificed to demons not to God.

4. What two cups and two tables can we not both partake (I Corinthians 10:21)? We cannot both drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons.  And we cannot both partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.

5. Who are we provoking (I Corinthians 10:22)? We are provoking the Lord.

The Believer’s Freedom

1 Corinthians 10:23-33 (WEB) 23 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are profitable. “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one his neighbor’s good. 25 Whatever is sold in the butcher shop, eat, asking no question for the sake of conscience, 26 for “the earth is the Lord’s, and its fullness.” But if one of those who don’t believe invites you to a meal, and you are inclined to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no questions for the sake of conscience. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” don’t eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for the sake of conscience. For “the earth is the Lord’s, with all its fullness.  29Conscience, I say, not your own, but the other’s conscience. For why is my liberty judged by another conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced for something I give thanks for? 31 Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no occasion for stumbling, whether to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the assembly of God; 33 even as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved.

Questions and Answers:

1. What should we not be seeking and what should we be seeking (I Corinthians 10:24)? We should not be seeking our own way, but each of us should be seeking our neighbor’s good.

HEAR the WORD

1 Corinthians 10:25-33 (AMP) 25 [Regarding meat offered to idols:] Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking any questions for the sake of your conscience, 26 For the [whole] earth is the Lord’s, and everything that is in it. 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you [to a meal at his home] and you want to go, eat whatever is served to you without asking questions [about its source] for the sake of your conscience. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This meat has been offered in sacrifice to an idol,” do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who told you, and for conscience’s sake— 29 and by conscience I mean for the sake of the other man’s, not yours. For why is my freedom [of choice] judged by another’s conscience [another’s ethics—another’s sense of right and wrong]? 30 If I take my share [of food] with thankfulness, why am I accused because of something for which I give thanks?  31 So then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of [our great] God. 32 Do not offend Jews or Greeks or even the church of God [but live to honor Him]; 33 just as I please everyone in all things [as much as possible adapting myself to the interests of others], not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, so that they [will be open to the message of salvation and] may be saved.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: If we know something is a problem, then we can deal with it, but we don’t need to go looking for problems (verses 25-27).  Nothing we do should cause another believer to stumble.  We do what is best for others, so that they might be saved.  Christians should not make a career out of being the weaker person with oversensitive consciences (v. 28-33).  Paul’s criterion for all his actions was not what he liked best, but what was best for those around him.  If we make the good of others one of our primary goals, we will develop a serving attitude that pleases God (verse 33).

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Perhaps we should be careful we’re not overly sensitive to what others do.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Perhaps we too should make sure nothing we do makes another stumble.

PRAY the WORD

Father help us to understand this chapter.  Father, I pray all we do will bring glory to You (I Corinthians 10:31). Father, I pray we will behave in a way that doesn’t cause others to stumble (I Corinthians 10:32).  Father, I pray we will not seek our own good but the good of others so that they might be open to the message of salvation and thus be saved (I Corinthians 10:33). In Your Son, Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I seek to win others to Christ.” <>< Dona