Christ is the God of Israel and the spiritual Rock that guided them—Ancient Israel rebelled against Christ—Paul contrasts true and false sacraments.
1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the acloud, and all passed through the bsea;
2 And were all abaptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3 And did all eat the same spiritual ameat;
4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that aRock was Christ.
5 But with many of them aGod was not well bpleased: for they were coverthrown in the dwilderness.
6 Now these things were our aexamples, to the intent we should not blust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The apeople sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 Neither let us commit afornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 Neither let us atempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10 Neither amurmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were bdestroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for aensamples: band they are cwritten for our dadmonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he astandeth take heed lest he bfall.
13 There hath no temptation ataken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be btempted above that ye are able; but will with the ctemptation also make a way to descape, that ye may be able to ebear it.
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from aidolatry.
15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
16 The acup of bblessing which we bless, is it not the ccommunion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices apartakers of the altar?
19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to aidols is any thing?
20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they asacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
21 Ye cannot drink the acup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
22 Do we provoke the Lord to ajealousy? are we stronger than he?
23 aAll things are lawful for me, but all things are not bexpedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things cedify not.
24 Let no man seek his aown, but every man another’s bwealth.
25 Whatsoever is sold in the ashambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
26 For the aearth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.
27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a afeast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:
29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s aconscience?
30 For if I aby grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, ado all to the glory of God.
32 Give none aoffence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
33 Even as I please all men in all things, not aseeking mine own profit, but the bprofit of many, that they may be csaved.