Immune forever?: 1 Corinthians 10.18–23 (4 September 2020)

Bible Society's Daily Reflections follow the M'Cheyne Bible reading plan, designed for those who want to read the whole Bible in one year. Each reflection focuses on one of its four daily chapters. Darllenwch rhain yn Gymraeg.



Still my mind, Lord, and let me hear you.


Daily reflection: 1 Corinthians 10

As the world grapples with the coronavirus, we’re finding that even a vaccine may not guarantee indefinite immunity. Leading up to today’s passage, the apostle Paul points to the Exodus generation: even the spiritual boost of God delivering them from Egypt’s power did not make them immune to idolatry, long-term. 

Paul goes on to link the Exodus story to the Lord’s Supper. He warns Christians in Corinth against celebrating communion one day and joining in pagan rituals involving the eating of meat sacrificed to idols the next: ‘You cannot drink from the Lord's cup and also from the cup of demons’ (verse 21).

Paul would have happily bought meat from a market, without worrying if it had been ritually slaughtered by pagans. But if someone had offered him meat as an invitation to join in idol worship, he would have declined. Similarly, there is a fine balance between immersing ourselves in today’s culture and knowing when to take a stand or say no.



Lord, give me the wisdom and strength to be in the world, but not of it.

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