Google+ 02/10/13 Are You Stronger Than God?

1 Corinthians 10:19-22

 

What am I trying to say?

Am I saying that food offered to idols has some significance, or that idols are real gods?

No, not at all. I am saying that these sacrifices are offered to demons, not to God.

And I don’t want you to participate with demons.

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 demons, too.

What? Do we dare to rouse the Lord’s jealousy? Do you think we are stronger than he is? 

 

As I have mentioned in previous devotions, Paul is such a wise man and prolific writer.  It is no accident that Paul was called upon to write a large majority of the New Testament.  He knew how to appeal to many different races of people.  Paul had just the right mix of wisdom, humor, and conviction in all of his messages.  Today's Scripture is a prime example of all of these.  Paul has arrived at Corinth in about 51 A.D., having just completed a courageous evangelistic effort in Athens.  Paul spent about 18 months in Corinth, ministering to the church he had planted for Jesus.  Paul was deeply concerned about the division that was occurring in the church at Corinth.  He has also received a letter from the assembly asking several questions which he felt obliged to answer.  Remember that Corinth had become a very wealthy place, because of its strategic location for commerce and trade from all four compass points.  In today's Scripture, Paul is concerned about the Corinthians' attendance at pagan feasts.  The Corinthians have begun to justify these "feasts" and equate them with the celebration of Holy Communion.  Paul must stop this practice quickly, so that the Corinthians are not deceived and led astray.  The Corinthians are accustomed to making sacrifices in the temple.  Paul tells them that there is a major difference between the sacrifices made to God and the sacrifices made to demons.  He then reminds the church at Corinth about something that all of us in the 21st century need to remember and embrace.  Paul says, "You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons too."  Modern translation..."You can't have it both ways."  Paul tells the church at Corinth exactly what I want to tell you today.  Don't try and play "both ends against the middle."  In God's world, you can't.  All that will happen is you will become "hog-tied."  Satan will deceive you and use you for his folly.  God will reject you because you embrace Satan.  What a mess we make trying to serve two masters.  What's the solution?  Be a disciple of Jesus and listen to Paul.  Then ask yourself the question Paul asked the Corinthians.  The answer will tell you everything you need to know to move forward in the Kingdom of God.  "Are you stronger than God?"