1 Corinthians 10 – Resisting the Path of Least Resistance

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Today’s Passage: 1 Corinthians 10

Each weekday, I try to get into the day’s passage, dig something up and bring it back out for you. I’m having a hard time of it today. But that’s on me, not on the passage. Paul’s talking about Moses and the Exodus and the Israelites’ wilderness wanderings as a metaphorical lesson for the Corinthian church, and he’s back on the idolatry thing, this time saying that meat sacrificed to idols is actually sacrificed in the service of demons. There’s no shortage of stuff to dig into here. But it’s easier to watch some dude speedrun all of Super Mario All-Stars on Youtube than to get out the exegetical shovel and figure out what Paul’s trying to get across here.

And maybe that’s part of Paul’s point. God leads you out of Egypt, but you’re roaming around the desert, it’s hard, and you could really use a party. You get Aaron to make you a golden calf, and you and your crew do some idolatry: “So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play” (Exodus 32:6). You do what you want. You take the easy way. And then Moses comes down from the mountain, he’s disgusted by what you’ve all been up to, and he breaks the calf into pieces and makes you drink the gold dust and sends some of you against the rest of you with swords to strike down those who won’t repent and turn back to the Lord.

It’s not like I woke up in the morning saying, “Let’s waste time on the internet today and have to cram in a Chocolate Book post at the last minute. This kind of stuff sneaks up on you, when Moses goes up the mountain and you find you’ve suddenly got that recidivist itch. When Paul says, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall” (12), that’s what really hits me from this passage today. Watch yourself. Don’t get complacent. Sure, you’re standing, but if you’re not keeping an eye out for the stuff that trips you up, you’re gonna end up pulling a faceplant.

Being wrong is easy. Doing right is hard. In fact, I’d dare say that without Jesus Christ it’s impossible.

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