1 Corinthians 10:6, 7 - The Subtle Trap of Idolatry.

1 Corinthians 10:6, 7 (NLT) These events 
happened as a warning to us, so that we would not 
crave evil things as they did 7 or worship idols 
as some of them did. For the Scriptures say, 
The people celebrated with feasting and 
drinking, and they indulged themselves in pagan 

1 Corinthians 10:6, 7 (AMP) Now these things 
are examples (warnings and admonitions) for us 
not to desire or crave or covet or lust after 
evil and carnal things as they did. [Num 
11:4,34.] 7 Do not be worshipers of false gods as some 
of them were, as it is written, The people sat 
down to eat and drink [the sacrifices offered to 
the golden calf at Horeb] and rose to sport (to 
dance and give way to jesting and hilarity). [Ex 


   Everyone has a god. Even atheists have 
something they believe in. That god may be themselves. 
It may be a possession. Or, it may be a career. 
But everyone has something they live for, 
something that gets them up in the morning, drives 
them on, and gives their lives a sense of 
   The question is, who or what do you 
believe in? 
   The Lord wants to rule and reign in our 
hearts. And He wants everything else in our lives to 
be a distant second to Him. He wants our 
primary passion, excitement, and purpose to be a 
love for Him. 
   The apostle Paul said, To me, living 
means living for Christ (Philippians 1:21 NLT). 
That should be the motto of every Christian. 
Its something that we all should be able to 
   An idol is anything or anyone that takes 
the place of God in our lives. Its anything 
that would begin to crowd our relationship with 
God and become more important to us than God 
   Writing to the church in Corinth, Paul 
referred to a specific instance in the lives of the 
Israelites when they worshipped the golden calf. He 
wrote, These things happened as a warning to us, 
so that we would not crave evil things as they 
did, or worship idols as some of them did (1 
Corinthians 10:6-7 NLT). 
   The children of Israel had seen God work 
in dramatic ways. They saw God deliver them 
from the land of Egypt with a number of miracles 
that He performed on their behalf. He turned the 
Nile River to blood, sent plagues of lice and 
frogs, and even killed the Egyptians firstborn 
   Then, when they began their journey, God 
opened the Red Sea for them, and they crossed on 
dry ground. Afterward it closed behind them, 
drowning the Egyptian army in the process. In 
addition, the Lord provided a miraculous navigation 
system: a huge cloud guided them during the day, and 
a fire in the sky directed them at night. 
   And every morning when they walked 
outside their tents, a breakfast of manna was 
waiting for them, supplied by the Creator Himself. 
But despite all these miracles, the people 
turned their backs on God and engaged in full-blown 
   The problem was their faith was shallow. 
Thus, they were fickle. And from the moment that 
Moses left their midst to meet with God on Mount 
Sinai, it was only a matter of time until they 
started looking for something to take his place. So 
the plan for the golden calf was devised, and 
the Bible tells us about the horrible results. 
   Certainly, miracles and supernatural 
phenomena do not guarantee a mature faith that will 
resist the temptations in our paths. Sooner or 
later, we must take personal responsibility for our 
actions and our sins and call them what they are. 
   Lets guard ourselves from the subtle 
trap of idolatry. LETS NOT ALLOW ANYONE OR 
HEARTS. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


God would have His people in these days 
review with a humble heart and teachable spirit the 
trials through which ancient Israel passed, that 
they may be instructed in their preparation for 
the heavenly Canaan... Many look back to the 
Israelites, and marvel at their unbelief and murmuring, 
feeling that they themselves would not have been so 
ungrateful; but when their faith is tested, even by 
little trials, they manifest no more faith or 
patience than did ancient Israel. PP 293  

Paul warned the Corinthian believers not to 
grumble. We start to grumble when our attention 
shifts from what we have to what we don't have. The 
people of Israel didn't seem to notice what God was 
doing for them - setting them free, making them a 
nation, giving them a new land - because they were 
so wrapped up in what God wasn't doing for 
them. They could think of nothing but the 
delicious Egyptian food they had left behind (Numbers 
11:5) Before we judge the Israelites too harshly, 
it's helpful to think about what occupies our 
attention most of the time. Are we grateful for what 
God has given us, or are we always thinking 
about what we would like to have? Don't allow your 
unfulfilled desires to cause you to forget God's gifts 
of life, family, friends, food, health, and 
work. [Life Application SB] 

Today's pressures make it easy to ignore or 
forget the lessons of the past. But Paul cautions 
us to remember the lessons the Israelites 
learned about God so we can avoid repeating their 
errors. The key to remembering is to study the Bible 
regularly so that these lessons remind us of how God 
wants us to live. We need not repeat their 
mistakes! [Life Application SB] 


We have nothing to fear for the future, 
except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led 
us, and His teaching in our past history. Life 
Sketches 196 


Exodus 20:3 - Who or What Are Your God's?


Exodus 20:4-6 (NASB) You shall not make 
for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is 
in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in 
the water under the earth. 5 You shall not 
worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your 
God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of 
the fathers on the children, on the third and 
the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 
but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to 
those who love Me and keep My commandments. 
[devotional pending]