March 26, 2017: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 1 Corinthians 9-10
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Commentary: Paul challenges the Corinthians to serve others, sharing their knowledge, instead of hoarding it and holding it over others. Nothing is more important than spreading the word of God. Paul uses examples from Israel's past to warn the Corinthians against being over confident: setting their hearts on evil things (Numbers 11:4-6), idolatry (Numbers 25:1-9; 31:16), sexual immorality (Numbers 21:4-9), testing the Lord (Exodus 12:23; 15:24), and grumbling (Deuteronomy 1:27). Paul reassures the Corinthians that God will not test them beyond their means.
Focus Verses: 9:8-10 Paul is defending himself against accusations that he should not perform manual labor to support his ministry. How does he defend his actions? What can Paul’s defenses teach us about how we should defend ourselves against accusations of any kind?