Learning from the Past (1 Corinthians 10:1-11)

Learning from the Past (1 Corinthians 10:1-11)

1 Corinthians 10:1-11

I. Idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:7)

    A. “No other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3); no carved images (Exo. 20:4) – both violated in the worship of the golden calf (Exo. 32:6)
    B. Modern idolatry: covetousness (Colossians 3:5-7)

II. Immorality (1 Corinthians 10:8)

    A. Harlotry with women of Moab (Numbers 25:1-9)
    B. Fornication was a serious issue in the first century church (1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:18) and remains so today

III. Insolence (1 Corinthians 10:9)

    A. Disrespect (Numbers 21:4-7)
    B. Our attitude toward suffering must be different (Job 13:15; Romans 8:28; James 1:2-3)

IV. Ingratitude (1 Corinthians 10:10)

    A. Complaining (Exodus 16:2-3; 17:3)
    B. How can we complain against God when we consider His “unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15), His mercy (Psalm 103:10), and “the inheritance incorruptible and undefiled” (1 Peter 1:35)?

Based in part on “A History of Wanderers” by Thomas H. Holland

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