Day 80…1 Corinthians 10:14-22

June 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM Leave a comment

1 Corinthians 10:14-22: Food offered to idols

Paul goes back to a topic [eating meat offered to idols] the Corinthian believers must have been struggling with greatly. Why? Because maybe they didn’t get it the first time. Or Paul knows that repetition is a good way for his readers to learn.

v.14-15, “therefore” or “so…” was Paul’s way of reminding the Corinthian believers that what he was speaking about before–eating meat offered to idols. Paul wanted to make it clear to the believers that attending a feast in a pagan temple was an act of idolatry. So Paul says “flee from the worship of idols.” Paul makes it very clear to eat meat in a pagan worship service is idolatry. In v.13 Paul speaks of a way of out temptations, then in v.14 he suggests that sometimes the best way out is to flee. The word “flee” means to seek safety in flight or to run away from, the tense indicates habitual action so it is better said keep on running away from…the worship of idols! Paul explains the reason why, the idol itself is nothing, but it can be used by Satan to lead you into sin. To sit at the table of a pagan worship service could mean fellowship or communion with demons. Paul was enforcing the important doctrine of separation from sin. However he does call them “reasonable people” because Paul trusted that they could “decide” for themselves if what he was saying is the right course of action.

v.16-17, Paul uses the illustration of the Lord’s Supper. When the believer partakes of the cup and loaf at the “Lord’s Table”, he is, in a spiritual way, having fellowship with the body and blood of Christ. By remembering Christ’s death, the believer enters into a communion with the risen Saviour.

v.18, Paul mentions the temple “altar” and sacrifices as another illustration of the truth that when the Jews make sacrifices they too are enter into communion with the risen Saviour.

v.19-20, Paul makes it clear that food offered to idols doesn’t have any “significance” and the idols are not “real gods.” BUT the food is being offered to “demons” not “to God” and we shouldn’t be “participat[ing] with demons.” 

v.21-22, The point Paul is making is a believer CAN’T partake of the devil’s food and still partake of the Lord’s food. Paul says “you cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s table and at the table of the demons, too.” It’s one or the other. You are either in communion with our Saviour or communion with the Devil. We don’t want to “rouse the Lord’s jealousy.” The Corinthian believers think they are strong enough spiritually to enjoy the liberty of being in a pagan temple and not fall into sin. They may be stronger than their weaker brother but they are not “stronger than [God]”. It is very dangerous to play with sin and tempt God.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  Paul says here to keep running away from the worship of idols. What are the idols in your life? My life? Maybe they are not made of wood and stone but they might be made of money, metal, bricks, or even flesh. Trusting in or worshipping anything other than God is idolatry. This is a choice I must make everyday, to keep running away from the worship of anything other than God.

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