God’s Displeasure With Israel
1 Corinthians 10:1-12
(1) My brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the Red Sea. (2) They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. (3) They all ate the same spiritual food (4) and drank the same spiritual drink, because they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them—and that rock was Christ. (5) Nevertheless, God was not pleased with all of them, and so their dead bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
(6) Now these (Old Testament) stories of Israel are examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. (7) Do not be idolaters, as some of them were, as it is written in Exodus 32:6, “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan worship.” (8) Neither should we practice sexual immorality, as some of the Israelite men did when they had sex with Moabite women, and in one day 23,000 of them died. (9) We must not test Christ, as some of them did when they spoke against God and Moses—and were killed by snakes. (10) And do not complain, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
(11) These things happened to Israel as examples and are written down as warnings for us, on whom the end of the ages has come. (12) So, if you think you are standing strong, be careful that you do not fall in your faith!
1 Corinthians 10:13
(13) There is no temptation (testing or trial) that has come your way that is not common to all people. And God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear (your strength). For when you are tempted, God will provide a way of escape so that you can endure it.
Do Not Have Fellowship With Demons
1 Corinthians 10:14-22
(14) Therefore, those loved by God, run away from idolatry. (15) Since I speak to reasonable people, judge for yourselves what I’m saying. (16) Is not the cup of blessing 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 we eat from only one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body, because we all share the one loaf.
(18) Consider the people of Israel: Don’t those who eat the sacrifices participate at the same altar? (19) Am I saying then that food sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? (20) Absolutely not! For the sacrifices of non-Jews (pagans) are offered to demons and not to God, and I don’t want you to be participants (have fellowship) with demons. (21) You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot share in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. (22) Are we trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Do you think we are stronger than God?
Do Everything for the Glorious Beauty of God
1 Corinthians 10:23-33
(23) Some of you say, “I have the right to do anything”—but you know that not everything is helpful to others. Some say, “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything builds others up. (24) For no one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
(25) Eat anything sold in the meat market (meat from animals sacrificed to idols in pagan temples) without raising questions of conscience, (26) because it is written in Psalm 24:1, “The earth belongs to the Lord and everything in it.”
(27) If an unbeliever invites you to eat a meal with them and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. (28) But if someone tells you, “The meat you’re about to eat has been sacrificed to an idol,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience. (29) I am talking about the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why should our freedom be determined by the conscience of another person? (30) If I eat a meal with thankfulness, why should I be condemned for something I thank God for?
(31) So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do everything for the glorious beauty of God. (32) Do not cause anyone to stumble in their faith, whether Jews, Greeks, or the church of God—(33) just as I try to please everyone in everything I do. For I am not seeking my own good, but the good of all people, so that they may be saved.