August 30, 2021 – 1 Corinthians 10
Paul’s earlier counsel regarding the eating of food offered to idols certainly was not a dismissal of idolatry as a great danger. He now gets to that. He recounts the history of Israel’s time in the wilderness and God’s discipline because of their idolatry and rebellion. We must learn from these things, as Paul writes: “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (10:11,12).
The warning, but then, the encouragement: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (10:13). Good counsel and encouragement to think about throughout the day as we, as H. R. Palmer puts it, “look ever to Jesus” knowing that he will carry us through.
Yield not to temptation,
For yielding is sin;
Each vict’ry will help you,
Some other to win;
Fight valiantly onward,
Evil passions subdue;
Look ever to Jesus,
He will carry you through.
Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through. -- H. R. Palmer (1868)