1 Corinthians 10 I want
you to remember, my friends, what happened to our
ancestors who followed Moses. They were all under the
protection of the cloud, and all passed safely through
the Red Sea. 2In the cloud and in the sea they
were all baptized as followers of Moses. 3All
ate the same spiritual bread 4and drank the
same spiritual drink. They drank from the spiritual rock
that went with them; and that rock was Christ himself. 5But
even then God was not pleased with most of them, and so
their dead bodies were scattered over the desert.
all of this is an example for us, to warn us not to
desire evil things, as they did, 7nor to
worship idols, as some of them did. As the scripture
says, "The people sat down to a feast which turned
into an orgy of drinking and sex." 8We
must not be guilty of sexual immorality, as some of them
were--and in one day twenty-three thousand of them fell
dead. 9We must not put the Lord to the test,
as some of them did--and they were killed by snakes. 10We
must not complain, as some of them did--and they were
destroyed by the Angel of Death.
these things happened to them as examples for others, and
they were written down as a warning for us. For we live
at a time when the end is about to come.
you think you are standing firm you had better be careful
that you do not fall. 13Every test that you
have experienced is the kind that normally comes to
people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow
you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the
time you are put to the test, he will give you the
strength to endure it, and so provide you with a
then, my dear friends, keep away from the worship of
idols. 15I speak to you as sensible
people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16The
cup we use in the Lord's Supper and for which we give
thanks to God: when we drink from it, we are sharing in
the blood of Christ. And the bread we break: when we eat
it, we are sharing in the body of Christ. 17Because
there is the one loaf of bread, all of us, though many,
are one body, for we all share the same loaf.
the people of Israel; those who eat what is offered in
sacrifice share in the altar's service to God. 19Do
I imply, then, that an idol or the food offered to it
really amounts to anything? 20No! What I am
saying is that what is sacrificed on pagan altars is
offered to demons, not to God. And I do not want you to
be partners with demons. 21You cannot drink
from the Lord's cup and also from the cup of demons; you
cannot eat at the Lord's table and also at the table of
demons. 22Or do we want to make the Lord
jealous? Do we think that we are stronger than he?
are allowed to do anything," so they say. That is
true, but not everything is good. "We are allowed to
do anything"--but not everything is helpful. 24None
of you should be looking out for your own interests, but
for the interests of others.
are free to eat anything sold in the meat market, without
asking any questions because of your conscience. 26For,
as the scripture says, "The earth and everything in
it belong to the Lord."
an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you decide to go,
eat what is set before you, without asking any questions
because of your conscience. 28But if someone
tells you, "This food was offered to idols,"
then do not eat that food, for the sake of the one who
told you and for conscience' sake-- 29that is,
not your own conscience, but the other person's
then," someone asks, "why should my freedom to
act be limited by another person's conscience? 30If
I thank God for my food, why should anyone criticize me
about food for which I give thanks?"
whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for
God's glory. 32Live in such a way as to cause
no trouble either to Jews or Gentiles or to the church of
God. 33Just do as I do; I try to please
everyone in all that I do, not thinking of my own good,
but of the good of all, so that they might be saved.
War between Israel
2 Kings 3 In the
eighteenth year of the reign of King Jehoshaphat of
Judah, Joram son of Ahab became king of Israel, and he
ruled in Samaria for twelve years. 2He sinned
against the LORD, but he was not as
bad as his father or his mother Jezebel; he pulled down
the image his father had made for the worship of Baal. 3Yet,
like King Jeroboam son of Nebat before him, he led Israel
into sin and would not stop.
Mesha of Moab raised sheep, and every year he gave as
tribute to the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool
from 100,000 sheep. 5But when King Ahab of
Israel died, Mesha rebelled against Israel. 6At
once King Joram left Samaria and gathered all his troops.
7He sent word to King Jehoshaphat of Judah:
"The king of Moab has rebelled against me; will you
join me in war against him?"
will," King Jehoshaphat replied. "I am at your
disposal, and so are my men and my horses. 8What
route shall we take for the attack?"
will go the long way through the wilderness of
Edom," Joram answered.
King Joram and the kings of Judah and Edom set out. After
marching seven days, they ran out of water, and there was
none left for the men or the pack animals. 10"We're
done for!" King Joram exclaimed. "The LORD has put the three of us at the mercy
of the king of Moab!"
Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there a prophet here through
whom we can consult the LORD?"
officer of King Joram's forces answered, "Elisha son
of Shaphat is here. He was Elijah's assistant."
is a true prophet," King Jehoshaphat said. So the
three kings went to Elisha.
should I help you?" Elisha said to the king of
Israel. "Go and consult those prophets that your
father and mother consulted."
Joram replied. "It is the LORD
who has put us three kings at the mercy of the king of
answered, "By the living LORD,
whom I serve, I swear that I would have nothing to do
with you if I didn't respect your ally, King Jehoshaphat
of Judah. 15Now get me a musician."
the musician played his harp, the power of the LORD came on Elisha, 16and he
said, "This is what the LORD
says: 'Dig ditches all over this dry stream bed. 17Even
though you will not see any rain or wind, this stream bed
will be filled with water, and you, your livestock, and
your pack animals will have plenty to drink.'" 18And
Elisha continued, "But this is an easy thing for the
LORD to do; he will also give you
victory over the Moabites. 19You will conquer
all their beautiful fortified cities; you will cut down
all their fruit trees, stop all their springs, and ruin
all their fertile fields by covering them with
next morning, at the time of the regular morning
sacrifice, water came flowing from the direction of Edom
and covered the ground.
the Moabites heard that the three kings had come to
attack them, all the men who could bear arms, from the
oldest to the youngest, were called out and stationed at
the border. 22When they got up the following
morning, the sun was shining on the water, making it look
as red as blood. 23"It's blood!"
they exclaimed. "The three enemy armies must have
fought and killed each other! Let's go and loot their
when they reached the camp, the Israelites attacked them
and drove them back. The Israelites kept up the pursuit,
slaughtering the Moabites 25and destroying
their cities. As they passed by a fertile field, every
Israelite would throw a stone on it until finally all the
fields were covered; they also stopped up the springs and
cut down the fruit trees. At last only the capital city
of Kir Heres was left, and the slingers surrounded it and
the king of Moab realized that he was losing the battle,
he took seven hundred swordsmen with him and tried to
force his way through the enemy lines and escape to the
king of Syria, but he failed. 27So he took his
oldest son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered
him on the city wall as a sacrifice to the god of Moab.
The Israelites were terrified and so they drew back from
the city and returned to their own country.
A Vision of a Basket
I had another vision from the Sovereign LORD. In it I saw a basket of fruit. 2The
LORD asked, "Amos, what do
basket of fruit," I answered.
LORD said to me, "The end has
come for my people Israel. I will not change my mind
again about punishing them. 3On that day the
songs in the palace will become cries of mourning. There
will be dead bodies everywhere. They will be cast out in
to this, you that trample on the needy and try to destroy
the poor of the country. 5You say to
yourselves, "We can hardly wait for the holy days to
be over so that we can sell our grain. When will the
Sabbath end, so that we can start selling again? Then we
can overcharge, use false measures, and fix the scales to
cheat our customers. 6We can sell worthless
wheat at a high price. We'll find someone poor who can't
pay his debts, not even the price of a pair of sandals,
and we'll buy him as a slave."
LORD, the God of Israel, has sworn,
"I will never forget their evil deeds. 8And
so the earth will quake, and everyone in the land will be
in distress. The whole country will be shaken; it will
rise and fall like the Nile River. 9The time
is coming when I will make the sun go down at noon and
the earth grow dark in daytime. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken. 10I will
turn your festivals into funerals and change your glad
songs into cries of grief. I will make you shave your
heads and wear sackcloth, and you will be like parents
mourning for their only child. That day will be bitter to
time is coming when I will send famine on the land.
People will be hungry, but not for bread; they will be
thirsty, but not for water. They will hunger and thirst
for a message from the LORD. I, the
Sovereign LORD, have spoken. 12People
will wander from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean and
then on around from the north to the east. They will look
everywhere for a message from the LORD,
but they will not find it. 13On that day even
healthy young men and women will collapse from thirst. 14Those
who swear by the idols of Samaria, who say, 'By the god
of Dan' or 'By the god of Beersheba'--those people will
fall and not rise again."