- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Corinthians 10
Warnings from Israel’s history.
Apostle Paul set an example of Exodus story of the people of Israel to warn against idolatry among Corinthian Christians. At the desert Israelites made golden calf and worshipped it as their god, and they were destroyed (Exodus 36). It was an act of idolatry against God’s commandment, “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” (Exodus 20:4). A pagan temple in Corinth was Aphrodite, a goddess of love, and idolatry and sexual immorality was practiced at the temple.
Christians are those who participated in Christ, through sacrament of baptism and Holy Communion. So stay away from idolatry
Controversy among Corinthian Christian was about eating food offered to the idol. Out of their conscience, some ate it and other did not. I remember when I was young, my neighbor called for a spirit medium, setting up idol altar and playing all night long. Next day the neighbor passed food offered to the altar to other neighbors to share. My mother, devoted Christian, taught us not to eat the food because it was offered to the idol alter, based on 1 Corinthians. Apostle Paul taught that eating at a friends’ table, or even at the banquet in a temple, food offered to the idol, pagan temple and sold in the market was one thing, taking part in a pagan religious rite was quite another.
Apostle Paul taught, however, not to eat for the weak person’s own sake. “everything is permissible— but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible- but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.” (v23). Consideration for the conscience of another person is sufficient reason to abstain— not to exercise one’s freedom and right.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.