It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
1 Corinthians 10:14-22
Idol Feasts and the Lord’s Supper
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?
In the Zone | Jess Howell
1 Corinthians 10:17
Paul is addressing his fellow believers with the importance of remaining unified in Christ without the draw of pagan idols or sacrifices. But this task of unification can be tricky when the sacrificial law of the Old Testament can easily be misinterpreted. Offering God sacrificial meat was no longer required – but some believers were confused about taking wine and bread as an offering to Jesus.
It’s easy to see why these believers were confused. The sacrifices of the old law were self-serving. In the new covenant, we SHARE the body (bread) of Christ with other believers, and sometimes that’s not comfortable. I, too, must seek unity with others rather than staying in my own bubble where it’s safe from God using me outside of my comfort zone. I might think I’m making a sacrifice to God, but if I’m not taking steps outside, I can’t experience the growth He desires for me.
Father God, thank You for making a new covenant for us – one that doesn’t require animals and blood. Shake me free of the chains that hold me back from sharing in the unity of Christ’s body that is for everyone! You don’t desire it to be sheltered. I must share the gift of Your love to those around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen
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