1 Corinthians 10 by Pastor Don Moore
Bible study notes from 6/15/12
We are free to do a lot of stuff. But we are not free to violate the law of mercy and grace, but still operate under the law.
1 Corinthians 10:1-2 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
All were baptized into Moses in the cloud and the sea. This spiritual experience should have brought revelation. The wisdom of man is foolishness to God. No one is saved by their mental faculty. True salvation is of the heart. Soulish (mind, body, soul) sees miracles but they are not changed by seeing or hearing. Only the spiritual gets affected by seeing the wonderment of God. For example, look at the stars, ooh and ah, and say you don’t know how, but God did it.
The spiritual experience is the same as water baptism (only a picture of what the spirit did), to see baptism or go through it doesn’t mean anything unless the spirit of man is changed. Physical baptism is an outward expression of what the spirit experienced. Spiritual experiences result in an actual change of behavior.
The Children of Israel were following the cloud. They experienced God’s protection and caring.
Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”
We hide in the shadow of the Almighty, the secret place. But anyone covered by the cloud was not affected by the cloud unless they yielded their spirit man.
1 Corinthians 10:3-5 all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
Those who did not yield to the Spirit were lost in their carnality, their bodies left in the wilderness. God was not pleased with their lust. They did not appreciate the spiritual food (manna from Heaven which was provided daily), the parting of the Red Sea, the safety of the cloud, the spiritual rock (Jesus). Moses struck the rock and water came forth, water to take care of two million people. They took for granted the power of God.
Evangelism – the power of God through the preaching of the Gospel. We cannot convert people by debate. Debate has to be after a demonstration of power. we have to give youth not only a reason to live and be saved but a reason to do far more than the intellectual gospel.
The Song of Moses identifies Jesus. At the end of Deuteronomy Moses speaks of the Rock of Salvation (the Messiah).
Jesus saves us. Without our rear guard, we would be exposed and killed. In Ephesians and Philippians it speaks about the armor of God. The Roman soldier’s armor is designed for the soldier to move forward, so it covers the front of a person, but not the rear. God is our rear guard.
We are led by the Holy Spirit (fire). The cloud is our rear guard. We are led – not pushed or going backwards. We never retreat. The enemy can’t beat us. Jesus is our rear guard and we are going into the battle to win.
Moses had the revelation of this until his flesh rose up. That is the reason he didn’t get into the Promised Land. The second time God brought water to the people, God told Moses to SPEAK to the rock. In his flesh, Moses struck the rock destroying the picture of salvation that God was setting up (that Christ died once for sins – not twice). Because that action people could have assumed a false theology.
1 Corinthians 10:6-7 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”
The people sat and ate manna and drank the water but in the end they chose to worship the golden calf. Some people get baptized but they get out of the water dry (they haven’t accepted Christ in their hearts). You only act on what you believe.
1 Corinthians 10:8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;
God does not like sexual immorality, and there are repercussions for sexual immorality.
1 Corinthians 10:9-11 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
These things in the Bible are shown as examples for us. If we are smart, we would learn from Biblical examples and not make the same mistakes. God wants us to know the truth and gave us these actions as a historical truth.
If we choose to reject God, we’d have to reject the historical record and archeological evidence that showed this happened. These historical examples only work if you believe they are historically accurate.
God isn’t going to do a new thing based on current culture. Jesus does not change His mind.
1 Corinthians 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
We have examples to help us make intelligent decisions. Examine our life and history. Truth is truth and is 100% accurate. There is no such thing as 90% truth. When prophecy happens and people experience God personally, then they know it’s true.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
We are not going to face any temptation that is not common to man. God is faithful. God will not allow temptations in our lives without giving us a way of escape. NO temptation. BUT God. He will not alter. God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able.
We put ourselves under temptation when we step out from God’s protective covering, and these temptations can have negative consequences like divorce, immorality, sickness, etc. Our own actions put us in unjustifiable situations. We need help from God.
We pick someone to marry without consulting God, bring them to the altar, and then ask God to bless it.
When God makes a way of escape for us, it is for us to complete something. There is a purpose for our escape. We get into trouble working our own plans.
The difficult thing for people to obey is when you tell them don’t do something. Pastor Don said that people ask for counsel not for your advice, but rather because they’ve already decided to do what they are asking about – and they are hoping you are going to confirm their decision. The problem comes when you contradict what they have decided to do.
God is not going to make a way of escape so you can go back to working your plan. Confession includes repentance and acceptance of God’s plan. God never writes a check to fulfill your purpose. Our purpose in life is to find out and discover what God’s purpose is for you.
God gives wisdom to pull out of bad experiences, what to use to convince people.
God will permit temptation in our life to get us to the place where we get into stuff we can’t handle and the only way out is God.
The Prodigal Son never went to his dad and asked him what to do. He just said gimme. He lost all his share of the money and got to the place where he was eating the husks that the pigs ate and he couldn’t stand living that way any more. He came to his senses and came back to his father.
Our God is love and mercy. When we come to our senses and come back to Him, He does not discuss our stupidity. He hands us new clothes and says, let’s have a party. He wants us to be able to forgive like that.
No one is righteous. None of us make the cut. God does not try to trip us up. He won’t send someone to destroy us. We are the ones who make bad decisions, we destroy ourselves. We need to look at our lives, understanding ourselves and what we bring to the table. When we realize we can’t do it ourselves, there is room for God.
Sickness, trouble, finances – God will make a way for escape. We can be confident that Goliath can’t kill us. And Pastor Don said that when we mess up he is not going to kick us to the curb. God returns us to how He saw us.
The Prodigal son is likened to the Jewish priesthood who worked, toiled, tried to keep the laws, ostracized others, beat Jesus, and rejected Him. Their actions opened up the door for the Messianic Jews and the Gentiles to get saved. And when the Jews believe on Him whom God sent, He’s going to kill the fatted calf for them. He will be glad when people come to their senses.
God is giving a sign. The Jews will realize they missed it. They need to know the root of the tree (Jesus).
We are now in the church age 2000 years from the resurrection until Christ comes again. Right now there are denominations, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, and that is the way we do church. The teaching of righteousness and old hymns. Then there was an influx of kids with guitars, the power of God, signs and wonders. This distresses the old ways of doing things and people liked their old ways, wanting the new to calm down. The Prodigal son is coming back to shake things up, unlike the righteous older brother, the prodigal son was out in the world and they’ve seen some stuff.
1 Corinthians 10:14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
Therefore flee idolatry.
1 Corinthians 10:15-16 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 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?
The communion shows the Jewish Marriage customs – of sharing the cup, then the husband goes away to build the house for the Bride, then He will come back to retrieve His bride.
1 Corinthians 10:17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
Christ is the Head, we are the body.
1 Corinthians 10:18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
Israel observes after the flesh – we are to approach God in Spirit and in truth.
1 Corinthians 10:19-23 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He? All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
When we take wine as representative of the blood, and bread as representative of the body of Jesus, there is a covenant of healing. When we come to the altar, the marriage table, we are committing ourselves to communion and forgiveness of sin.
We know an idol is nothing, but we don’t want to take things offered to idols. A demon will inhabit anything you worship that is not of God. Anything we offer that goes to anything other than God, God hates. He wants 100%, all of us.
Verse 23 seals the contract – everything is lawful, but not all things edify – build you up.
We must make a judgment. If we are in doubt, ask an elder. Make choices that are beneficial.
It is lawful for a king to take any woman under the old culture. When King David took Bathsheba that was not God’s best for David. Solomon had 1500 wives and concubines, and many of these were pagan and brought their pagan culture into the nation of Israel.
We have to make the call.
In the Church, if something is a problem for us, we make a law. What we need to ask ourselves is does what we want to do violate the Ten Commandments or the law of love? If we obey those, the other laws will naturally be followed.
1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.
Our goal is to seek the well-being of others.
1 Corinthians 10:25-32 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.” If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake. But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.” “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks? Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
Do all to the glory of God and with the purpose that as many as possible can be saved.