WEEK 3 - WE OVER ME
1 CORINTHIANS 10:1-21
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. 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.” 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. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.
14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf. 18 Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? 19 Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. 22 Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
AN IDOL THROW DOWN
Paul continues the same train of thought he had beginning in chapter 8 and loops his point back to the issue of idols. Idolatry has been an issue for God’s people since Moses and Paul is connecting these Gentile Corinthians believers to that long history with God and His view of idols. Idols are anything that we turn to for what only our Heavenly Father can provide – comfort, peace, security, identity, meaning, value, salvation. And much like the culture in Corinth, we have our own idols in the 21st century.
What are some of the idols are have in our American culture?
Have you ever felt yourself drawn to these idols in the hopes that they would provide comfort, peace, etc. to you?
Paul affirms that there are spiritual forces behind idols (demons) and when we turn to these idols (money, success, pleasure, etc) and worship them we open ourselves up to demonic influences. Have you ever thought about it this way?
If we have idols in our lives, how does that affect the church community you are in?