READ: 1 Corinthians 10:1-22
- Right in the heart of a lengthy paragraph we come across the word flee again. Once again, it’s a command addressed to God’s people. They are to run, escape, avoid, hightail it. The object from which they are to flee is idolatry. Sunday, no one admitted to having any actual idols erected in their homes, this command must not apply to today’s church. Or does it?
- If you read from v1 to v22 (the context), you discover that the text is about the exodus from Egypt and the journey they experienced. The idolatry of which they were guilty included, self-indulgence (v7), sexual immorality (v8), testing God’s patience (v9), and grumbling (v10). All of these activities are labeled idolatry (v7, 14). Idolatry doesn’t merely exist when there’s a statue or icon. It occurs whenever anything takes our allegiance from God.
- According to verse 15-22, that means having a divided heart is idolatrous. God will not share our affections. Paul makes it clear that you cannot eat at two tables—you have to choose. You can eat at the table of Jesus or eat at the table of the enemy. But, you can’t do both. They are incompatible. There comes a time when we must choose. Will we serve the Lord or the Evil One? If it’s the Lord, then we must flee idolatry (anything that seeks our allegiance above God).
- What vies for your allegiance? Do you consider that idolatry?
- What do you think v13 has to do with v14?
- From what idols are you currently fleeing?
PRAY: Pray this text—let each verse suggest what to pray about. E.g., read v1-4 and thank God for your conversion and salvation.