March 13, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 1 Corinthians 7-8
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Commentary: The Corinthians had asked Paul a specific question about marriage and sexual immorality. Paul reminds the Corinthians that they must ultimately answer to the Lord for their sins, therefore they should flee from all sin. The church also disagreed over whether is was acceptable to eat meat that had been sacrificed to an idol. The Roman church had also struggled with this question. Paul repeats his advice. Since some Christians feel that eating the meat is akin to idolatry, that is, eating the meat will mean they are eating it in the hopes that they will benefit from the idol, all should refrain so as not to lead their brothers and sisters into sin. If the meat had not been offered to an idol, it was allowable.
Focus Verse: 8:9 Although talking about a specific topic, the advice in this verse can be applied to everyone’s everyday life. How can you apply it? Are you a stumbling block?