Daily Scripture & Questions
I Corinthians 9-11 Paul defends his apostleship and then shares that he gives up his rights in order to advance the gospel. What are some of the rights that he gave up? In chapter 10, Paul says that Old Testament history was written for our instruction (verse 11). How does this teaching then lead into the directive not to participate in the idol worship through idolatrous meals? Note how 10:23-33 provides a great summary of Paul’s example of giving up his rights (see chapter 9) for the cause of the gospel? Chapter 11 deals with the roles and respect of a husband and wife and public worship and then propriety in partaking of communion (the Lord’s supper). Remember that back then the taking of communion often included a full meal that was shared by all.
Family Devotions-Scripture & Questions
Read I Corinthians 11:17-34. In the first century, communion (the Lord’s supper) was often part of a full meal shared by all believers. What did some do that humiliated others? How does someone eat the bread or drink the cup in an unworthy manner? What are the consequences that sometimes happen if someone does this? Why would the Lord discipline us like that?
Biblical Prayer Focus
Psalm 18:25-27 “With the merciful you show yourself merciful; with the blameless man you show yourself blameless; with the purified you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous. For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.”
Since God saves a humble people but brings down those who have proud outlooks on life, choose to humble yourself before the Almighty. Seek His mercy for the sins you’ve committed, both intentional and unintentional. Ask Him to show you what He would have you do as you seek to live a pure life.