Lesson No. 530
1 Corinthians Chapter 10
"No Lusting, No Idolatry, and No Hanky-Panky"

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Avoiding idol worship

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; 2 and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 and did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 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. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? 20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. 22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? 23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. 24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth. 25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: 26 for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof. 27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. 28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: 29 conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? 30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: 33 even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Lesson No. 530  "No Lusting, No Idolatry, and No Hanky-Panky"

1st Corinthians 10                                               09/06/2020

1)  Paul first ties the members of the church to the Jews with Moses.  Verse 1 through 4 hits a few key points- what ties them and us to the Jews lead by Moses?  (baptism, cloud, spiritual meat, drink, the Rock)

2) Paul talks about what the Jews did to displease God in the desert- what are they?  (Hint- verses 6, 7, and 8)

3) What was their punishment for disobeying God?  (Hint- verse 8, 9, 10)

4) So, if we are 'under the same cloud' as the Jews in the desert, and they were punished for disobedience, lusting, idolatry, fornication, murmuring, what about us?  (Note- God forgives our sin after repentance, but what about the consequences of sin?)

5) Paul says outright WHY these acts that were punished by God are recorded in the Bible- what is the reason?  (Hint- verses 11 and 12)

6) He then says that these same temptations are common to all men, and then tells us that God has tended to this too, what should we do?  (Hint- verses 13 and 14)

7) Paul then ties these temptations to Christ's communion (verses 15 through 21)- what does he say we must not do?  (Verse 20)

8) Wait a minute, I thought we were suppose to go out and save the sinners.  Don't we have to mingle with them to do that?  Explain.

9) Paul then goes back to eating meat sacrificed to idols by Christians in verses 23 through 28.  What does this apply to for us?

10) So what's important about our choices and lifestyle as Christians?  

(Hint- verse 31-33, bottom line is verse 33)  Do we live to save others?

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