Notice the continuing expression: “For three transgressions … and for four.” These words were used for each of the nations surrounding Israel who were due for judgment. We are not to try to find three or four actual transgressions for each. Rather, the point is that Moab and the other nations had a history of transgressions and would, therefore, be judged.
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Here is a good example of how we have to grow in our understanding of the deep things of God lest we react like zombies and our minds fail to grasp important details. This principle is especially true with regard to prophetic truths, which are dispensationally understood when the due time comes.
Chapter 7, however, is different in that it was a response to a letter the Corinthian brethren had written to him: “Now concerning the things [plural] whereof ye wrote unto me.” Apparently, the class had written about problems that were disturbing them, and Paul now began to address these problems.
“It is good for a man not to touch a woman.” What question would have prompted this statement? Paul was asked about familiarity between the sexes, about the association of a man with a woman, before marriage. The question was something like, “In the single state, where should the line be drawn in Christian behavior?” The word “touch” needs to be defined as used in the New Testament and in this context.
The chief problem in Galatia was that some were trying to make the believer think he was underneath the Mosaic Law and, therefore, liable to all its ordinances and ceremonies, plus the necessity or obligation for all males to be circumcised. It is true that circumcision was instituted before the Law, but it was carried into the Law. The ritual was instituted in Genesis, which is part of the Pentateuch, and the whole Pentateuch was the Law from the standpoint that Paul used here. In other words, sometimes, as in this case, we have to take into consideration the context in which something is done. Even though we draw valuable lessons and co-relationships with other pictures, we first have to ascertain if we have gotten the correct thought that was originally applicable.
The ruler had asked what he must do to inherit eternal life, and Jesus had said, “If thou wilt be perfect.” Only perfect obedience under the Law would give life, let alone consecration and following Jesus in the Gospel Age. The rich, young ruler went away sorrowfully, “for he had great possessions” (verse 22). The discussion terminated at that point, for a sensitive area had been touched.
Not many noble, wise, mighty, or rich are called (1 Cor. 1:26). The ruler’s neighbors probably considered him exemplary, but God does the calling. Usually He purposely calls those who are not so well esteemed in order to put to foolishness the wisdom of men. God can make something out of nothing, and He can make something into nothing. He calls the humble to put to nothingness that which men admire profoundly. As a result, no flesh will be able to glory in its own presence. Paul’s reasoning is like a sequel to this incident with the rich ruler. Those who know they are “sick” need a physician; those who feel whole are less likely to seek help.
Evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics would be wide open not only to lawsuits but also to unlimited government fines and even criminal prosecution if….
*They are found to discriminate against homosexuals or transsexuals in any area of employment – including the hiring of pastors and priests.
*They are found to discriminate against homosexuals or transsexuals in any preaching or teaching.
Paul told the Ephesians to walk in love as God’s dear children. Again he warned against fornication, uncleanness, and covetousness. He said, “You are light in the Lord, so walk as children of light.” Ephesus was known as the “light of the world,” but that light was Diana. People came to her for happiness, instruction, and a good time, but the Christian was to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness and, instead, was to reprove them. The Christian was not just to take a negative, quiet stance but was to actively reprove at times.
Paul admonished the Ephesians to awake from sleep, and in worldly associations, they were not to become drunk with wine. Christians are to be circumspect and shun former practices.
Instead of wine, they are to be filled with the Spirit of God, that is, with instructions from the Scriptures. In both private and public life, the Christian is to be submissive, reasonable, and pliable—where principle is not involved.
These Asian Jews, who were hostile toward Paul, had been following him. The hostility had started up in Galatia, Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea. Now they spotted Paul in the Temple and emotionally aroused the multitude against him with cries of “Men of Israel, HELP!” Imagine being one of the multitude and hearing this cry. The natural reaction was to assume the words were correct and to react emotionally without waiting to examine the matter dispassionately. Thus the multitude came to the assistance of the Asian Jews.
These Jews had seen Greeks in Paul’s presence the day or so before. Now, blinded with hatred and prejudice, they falsely assumed that the four bald-headed men going into the Temple with Paul were the same Greeks and that they were desecrating the holy place. The Asian Jews created a riot with their accusations, which were evil surmising, for Paul had done no such thing.
1 Corinthians Chapter 10: Lessons from Israel in the Wilderness, Meat Offered to Idols, The Lord’s SupperNov 19th, 2009 | By admin | Category: 1 & 2 Corinthians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)
Just as the Israelites back there were under God’s protection, so when we consecrate, we are under the shadow of the Almighty. We go under the cherubim curtain and enter the Holy of the Tabernacle under His protection. This is the common experience of all true Christians who dedicate themselves to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, the rock Moses smote, out of which came water, represented Christ, and that Rock was a moving Rock. The Israelites “drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them,” keeping them under God’s care. In other words, what happened literally to the children of Israel back in Moses’ day has a spiritual counterpart with God’s people during the Gospel Age.
Verse 7 refers back to verse 5. Prior to consecration, we walked in gross sins like fornication, inordinate affection, and covetousness. Verse 8 lists less gross, though nonetheless dangerous, sins the new creature is to put off. If practiced, these sins can also keep one from getting life.
The gross behavior of verse 5 is more easily recognized, whereas the sins of verse 8 are usually not as apparent, for they are only occasionally manifest. However, all of the sins in verse 8 are dangerous and could be outward manifestations of grosser sins (verse 5) being secretly indulged in. Statements from the mouth are not hidden from the Church. In summary, verse 5 lists deeds of a wrong lifestyle. Verse 8 lists sins of the mouth that seem to be less important but are actually symptomatic of a serious condition.