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'The dearest idol I have known, Whate'er that idol be, Help me to take it from Thy throne. And worship only Thee'. Have you done this? Such was the case recently when I read, Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee. I knew I would enjoy the book as I have read her blog posts, being challenged by each. The dearest idol I have known,. Whate'er that idol be,. Help me to tear it from Thy Throne,. And worship only Thee. So shall my walk be close with God. SUPERNET CRYPTOCURRENCY
He would abstain from eating meat altogether Love may require giving up things that one regards as a right for the sake of preventing other Christians from falling. It is simply his opening salvo that asks the Corinthians to consider aspects of the problem they had overlooked. Everything he does, including not exercising his rights as an apostle, is aimed at winning others to the gospel and avoiding anything that might needlessly hinder another from coming to faith. It may seem that Paul unleashes a torrent of rhetorical questions that vigorously defend his apostolic right to receive support in response to his detractors who suggested that he did not have that right.
He then offers his rationale for having waived that right. Rhetorical questions, however, do not indicate that the writer has adopted a defensive mode. They simply invite the audience to give its opinion. First, the notion of his apostleship only appears in in which he establishes his right to earn material support.
These remarks are too brief for a substantive defense. The rest of his argument appeals to the everyday examples of the soldier, farmer, and shepherd , the plowman and thresher , and the priest Second, rhetorical questions that could just as easily be answered negatively would hardly win the day in a defense. Apparently, Paul did not expect the Corinthians to contest the points because he phrased the first four questions in to expect an affirmative answer.
He is entitled as an apostle to receive support, as they must admit, but they know he has waived those rights. He is not asserting rights in this section but hammering home his renunciation of them! His statement in that he does not write to secure his due rights for financial backing assumes that they would pay him if he would accept it.
Third, if the Corinthians did not regard him to be a true apostle, he wastes his time describing at length his refusal to use his rights as an apostle. The key assertion comes in where he maintains that he is free from all men cf. No one in Corinth was raising charges against him related to his refusal to receive support. The argument in this section establishes his high status to set the stage for his willing acceptance of low status. The overall argument is intended to promote a certain kind of demeanor and conduct.
Having established his rights, he can then feature his refusal to profit from them. Finally, it is a strange defense of his apostleship for Paul to point out several respects in which he has not acted like an apostle. Why cite a command of the Lord that seems to undermine his position? If the problem is that some have disparaged him for failing to live according to the standard ordained by Jesus, Paul says nothing to offset this perception. The best answer to these questions is that Paul is not on the defense and not insisting on his apostolic rights.
Instead, he insists that renouncing these apostolic rights is the right thing to do for one captured by Christ. He is controlled by necessity to win others to Christ that his calling as an apostle imposes upon him, not by any selfish desire to promote his own advantage or to indulge his own fancy. His cites his own practice as an example of the attitude he wants them to adopt. The task of advancing the gospel totally dominates his life, inspiring his willingness to make any sacrifice to win others.
He wishes that this attitude was more evident in their lives. That Paul intends in this section to offer himself as a model of one who voluntarily relinquishes his rights is confirmed by the athletic metaphor that spotlights his own conduct and the concluding admonition to imitate him as he imitates Christ He uses autobiographical information to establish ethos to persuade.
By contrast, the Corinthians appear to insist on a right that might cause the weak to stumble. Paul purposefully surrenders a right and adapts himself to the weak and to others to win them. The implication is that those with knowledge should follow his example by abdicating their so-called right to eat idol food so that they would avoid any possibility of causing others without their endowment of knowledge from falling back into idolatry.
The issue of food appears in , 7, 9, 10, 13 and reveals that he does not ask them to give up anything more than he himself has given up. Knowledge , rights , and freedom must be directed by love and concern for the spiritual well-being of others. The sports analogy in makes the point that the Christian life requires effort and the suppression of appetites and longings.
The prolonged, rigorous training required for success in athletic competition was a well-known image in the ancient world, and it sheds light on his own voluntary restraint in his refusing to exercise his apostolic rights so that he might successfully attain his goal of saving others. He expects them to abandon any and all such participation. It warns that any who fail to exercise self-restraint when it comes to the delights of this world may be disqualified from the ultimate race directed by God.
It is more than a general warning against complacency. It reminds Corinthians of the difficulties of living out their Christian commitment. Entry into the contest does not guarantee a prize, and they cannot repose in the illusion that they are safe from failure. The move from personal example to extended biblical exposition again makes appear to be a digression, but it fits perfectly his purpose. Violating their covenant obligations and putting the Lord to the test is suicidal.
Their fall is a direct warning to the Corinthians since Paul underscores that the Scriptures directly apply to them He features this one verse because it ties into the theme of eating and drinking that reverberates throughout chapters The point should be clear to the Corinthians. If they dally at pagan feasts, they can expect the same fate as Israel in the wilderness. They are not to be cravers of evil or idolaters and are not to put the Lord to the test or grumble if they expect their relationship to God to remain secure.
The bold Corinthians may not fear the power of idols, but they should fear the wrath of God. They cannot grouse that being forbidden from participating in idol feasts places them in an untenable position. If they are faithful exclusively to God, they will never be in a situation too difficult for God to sustain them and to empower them to endure Idols, however, represent the realm of the demonic.
Participating in the one meal precludes participating in the other. Believers should not fool themselves into thinking that they are strong enough to try to merge the two meals, to affiliate with Christ and demons. To attempt to do so only kindles the jealousy and judgment of God. Practical Advice for Dealing with the Issue of Idol Food in Pagan Settings The question of temple dining and eating food sacrificed to idols is now left aside as Paul addresses the question of food of questionable origins — food that may have been sacrificed to idols before it comes into the hands of a believer.
It is not permanently poisoned. Paul clarifies that food is food and permissible to eat unless it is specifically identified as idol food, which puts it in a special category that is always forbidden to Christians. They need not abstain from all food on the chance that it may have been sacrificed to idols. His prohibition of idol food does not mean that they must retreat to the seclusion of a gloomy ghetto. Nevertheless, he anticipates potential problems presented by food that a Christian might purchase from the market or food that a Christian might eat in the home of an unbeliever who might have offered it to idols.
Even if the argument that the person with a weak conscience is a hypothetical construct were incorrect, how could Paul encourage them to take a more relaxed view toward food when he expresses concern that they are extremely vulnerable to reverting to their former idolatrous practices ? Paul permits buying food in the market-place that may or may not have been sacrificed in a pagan temple. But if its history was disclosed and it was announced to be idol food, then he forbids eating it.
He permits dining with friends who may be worshipers of idols, but if the food is announced to be idol food, then he forbids eating it. Christians may not participate in any function that overtly smacks of idolatry. Christ has not called them to be meat inspectors. Outside of its idolatrous context, idol food becomes simply food and belongs to the one God Rom He recognizes that perceptions about idols are real.
In the immediate context, Paul has raised their consciousness that idol food is hazardous material by linking it to demons. This new consciousness of the danger attached to idol food may encumber their decisions about purchasing food in the market that might have come from temple sacrifices, and he counsels them not to brood on that decision.
He counsels them to buy and eat whatever you like and can afford. Idol food is not dangerous outside of its overtly idolatrous context. In the same way that they need not worry that marriage to an unbeliever might somehow contaminate the believer , they need not worry that they will be contaminated by food that may have pagan antecedents. The premise behind this instruction comes from Ps cf.
The whole creation belongs to God, not part to God and part to idols. Acts If it can be eaten in honor of the Lord Rom , it is permitted. What Paul finds sinful is eating idol food in any setting that might give others the slightest hint that Christians sanctioned idolatry, no matter how attenuated the religious aspects attached to the meal or the place might be.
It is most likely from what follows that Paul envisions a pagan making the announcement. Ultimately, it makes no difference; the result is the same. The case is hypothetical offering instruction on how a Christian should respond in pagan surroundings, and there is no need to identify or to untangle the motives of the informer. He clarifies in a that he refers to the conscience of the one who made the announcement, not the believer who accepted the invitation.
What does the word conscience mean here? It is a slippery word whose meaning was in flux. Many assume that it must refer back to the weak conscience of the fellow believer in , 10, But Paul says nothing about the conscience being weak or in danger of being wounded It may simply mean that the person who makes the announcement is conscious that the food is religiously significant.
Paul formulates a key hermeneutical principle underlying his advice. Christians may know that idols do not exist, that there is no God but one, and that all food belongs ultimately to God. In this sticky situation, however, it is not their consciousness that counts, but that of the other. His approach to this issue is very close to that of rabbis. Tomson concludes from t. Paul takes a far more liberal view in doubtful cases. Christians may assume that all is well and need not become sleuths trying to detect if the food has idolatrous connections.
Paul is not concerned here that they might endanger another Christian with a weak conscience. The pressure on Christians to conform to cultural norms, however, was enormous. When clever converts could construct abstract theological arguments that would make such costly dis-assimilation seem unnecessary, Paul has his work cut out for him to convince them otherwise.
It explains why his argument starts by trying to find common ground with their perspective and is seemingly so roundabout. His expectations demanded of converts something that no other religion except Judaism required — avoiding anything that might hint that Christians sanctioned idolatry.
Failure to repudiate all idolatrous associations, he maintains, would have dire spiritual consequences. How does this apply to contemporary missions? If this exegesis is correct and if Paul is to be followed as a model, the belief in one God cannot be compromised. Becoming Christian means to turn away from idols. Anything that smacks of syncretism, no matter how it might be rationalized, is to be rejected.
Paul is fully aware that living out this hard-line position in a world of idols is likely to provoke alienation, resentment, and abuse. That is why he offers the heartening words of This instruction is easier said — particularly by one who lives in the buckle of the American Bible belt — than done. Many today are concerned not to cause offense, and toleration of other faiths has become the watchword. Paul is politically incorrect quite literally, since he would oppose all participation, for example, in the imperial cult.
He is also more concerned about the wrong message that unreflective tolerance might convey to those who are not followers of Christ. It would serve to confirm them in their unbelief and communicate unintentionally that Christ is simply another god in the pantheon of gods whose favor they might need to curry if it suited them and it offered advantages.
Paul would sacrifice anything to break down boundaries that might hinder his efforts to win others to Christ. But one also had to maintain or build boundaries that could not be crossed. Since he opposes offering even a smidgen of religious esteem to other gods including the Western god of materialism and its consort, standard of living , Christians can never be fully integrated into society.
The Corinthians could gladly participate in this church as one segment of their lives. But the segment, however important, is not the whole and the centre. Their perception of their church and of the significance of their faith could correlate well with a life-style which remained fully integrated in Corinthian society. Willis, Idol Meat in Corinth. One wonders what this expectation must have meant for someone like Erastus Rom who served as a city treasurer.
Stambaugh and D. Pope [ed. Marks and R. Engberg-Pedersen; Edinburgh: T. Clark, , Haase; Berlin: deGruyter, , II. But this is somewhat misleading. In the ancient world, the wealthy ate in; the poor ate out. For example, archaeologists have uncovered twenty inns and bars in Pompeii that would have served warm snack food J. This traditional view assumes that Paul made a distinction between innocuously consuming food associated with an idol and participating in actual worship of an idol , but that conclusion is questionable.
Murray and S. Well, he would find a place of rest even in the toil of forced labor! Thursday: read Genesis and Deuteronomy In that vein, please remember the work which our short-term missions and missionaries have sought to accomplish in recent years.
May the Lord bring much fruit from such costly service, even years after they have been sent out from our midst. Meditate and Pray: How we should thank God that, even in bondage and trials, His Spirit is able to give us wisdom for the times in which we live, and feet which will travel to the place of worship and meet with the Lord.
O for a closer walk with God, A calm and heavenly frame, A light to shine upon the road That leads me to the Lamb! Return, O holy Dove, return, Sweet messenger of rest! I hate the sins that made Thee mourn And drove Thee from my breast. So shall my walk be close with God, Calm and serene my frame; So purer light shall mark the road That leads me to the Lamb.
Friday: read Genesis , Deuteronomy and Philippians Afflictions from slavery v. Some pictures of the lot of His people convey much sorrow; other pictures of the very same lives convey times of rich blessing and joy. Thus we learn that God knows how to lovingly mix pain and pleasure in the perfect blend that will prompt us both to depend upon Him and rejoice in His goodness to us. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not vain, That morn shall tearless be.
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No braver chief could Albion boast Than he with whom he went, Nor ever ship left Albion's coast, With warmer wishes sent. He loved them both, but both in vain, Nor him beheld, nor her again. Not long beneath the whelming brine, Expert to swim, he lay; Nor soon he felt his strength decline, Or courage die away; But waged with death a lasting strife, Supported by despair of life.
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Nor, cruel as it seemed, could he Their haste himself condemn, Aware that flight, in such a sea, Alone could rescue them; Yet bitter felt it still to die Deserted, and his friends so nigh. He long survives, who lives an hour In ocean, self-upheld; And so long he, with unspent power, His destiny repelled; And ever, as the minutes flew, Entreated help, or cried, "Adieu!
For then, by toil subdued, he drank The stifling wave, and then he sank. No poet wept him: but the page Of narrative sincere, That tells his name, his worth, his age, Is wet with Anson's tear. And tears by bards or heroes shed Alike immortalize the dead. I therefore purpose not, or dream, Descanting on his fate, To give the melancholy theme A more enduring date: But misery still delights to trace Its semblance in another's case.
No voice divine the storm allayed, No light propitious shone; When, snatched from all effectual aid, We perished, each alone: But I beneath a rougher sea, And whelmed in deeper gulfs than he. My ear is pained, My soul is sick with every day's report Of wrong and outrage with which earth is filled. There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart, It does not feel for man. Liturgical Use: For occasions of aspiration, hope, and encouragement for a more intimate walk with God; a fine testimonial hymn.
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