TODAYS BIBLE READING:
1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Calvary Chapel (36 minutes)
NOV 20, 2023
DAY 324 IN THE APP
A FEW THOUGHTS...
We read in 1 Corinthians 8:1-3, "Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him." There is nothing wrong with knowledge. We teach our children continuously giving them knowledge about things they are ignorant to. We go to schools to grow in knowledge. But eventually, people must realize that there is more than knowledge when considering the deeper things of life. Eventually, we must move from total ignorance to knowledgeable, but then to humility when we comprehend just how little we truly know compared to an omniscient, or all-knowing God. We read the definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Though it is a good thing to grow in our knowledge of God, ultimately we need to come to Him as little children, not seasoned scholars. We need to understand that there are so many things we will never fully comprehend this side of eternity. In fact, we know relatively little about heaven, but, by faith, we can trust God that it far surpasses anything that our limited minds can conjure up based on our very limited knowledge.
There are many things about faith that will never make sense. So many stumble over the simple gospel message, because of their puffed up notion of themselves. To them it makes sense that they have lived a relatively good and moral life compared to others. To them it makes sense why they would deserve heaven while others, who are worse would not. Many believe that all deserve heaven. Rationale, or personal intellect, is one of the largest obstacles to coming to faith. The group that rejected Jesus most vehemently were the intellectual and most educated religious establishment. Paul saw very little fruit when he preached Jesus Christ to the scholarly group assembled in Athens (Acts 17). Though there is much to learn about God in His Word and through revelation by the Holy Spirit, we don’t and shouldn’t need every answer to our questions to step out in faith and make the most important decision of our life. Paul stated earlier, in 1 Corinthians 1:26-27, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;”.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
No God but Me thou shalt adore, I am thy God alone.
No image frame to box before, but idols all dethrone.
God’s glorious name take not in vain, for be revered He will.
His sacred Sabbath don’t profane, mind it is holy still.
To parents render due respect, this may thy life prolong.
All murder shun and malice check, to no man’s life do wrong.
From thoughts of whoredom base abstain, from words and actions vile.
Shun theft and all unlawful gain, nor gather wealth by guile.
False witness flee, and slandering spite, nor wilful lies invent.
Don’t covet what’s thy neighbor’s right, nor harbor discontent.