February 21st, 2007
Some Christians happily tell other people about the importance of serving others, living with integrity, avoiding evil and doing good, but they go straight ahead and dishonour God by doing something that exposes their preaching as hypocrisy. Maybe they steal or cheat or help themselves at someone else’s expense. It should come as no surprise that such conduct is not pleasing to God. In today’s reading, Paul said that “People who eat and drink without honouring the Lord’s body eat and drink judgment on themselves.” If you’re in church pretending to be pious but you’re really being selfish and greedy and oppressing others, then God is not going to be happy about that.
Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians — Chapter 11
11:1 Follow my example, just as I follow the example of Christ. 11:2 I commend you for remembering me in all things, and continuing the practices, just as I handed them on to you. 11:3 I want you to understand that Christ is the leader of every man, and man is the leader of woman, and the leader of Christ is God. 11:4 Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head. 11:5 But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonours her head, just as if her head was shaved. 11:6 If a woman is not veiled, her hair should be cut off. If it is embarrassing for a woman to have her hair cut off or be shaved, she should be veiled. 11:7 A man should not have his head covered, because he is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of the man. 11:8 Man does not come from woman. Woman comes from man. 11:9 Man was not created for woman. Woman was created for man. 11:10 So a woman should have authority over her head, because of the angels.
11:11 Woman is not independent of man, and man is not independent of woman, in the Lord. 11:12 Just as woman came from man, so a man also comes through a woman; but all things come from God. 11:13 Judge for yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God unveiled? 11:14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair it dishonours him, 11:15 but if a woman has long hair, it is a distinction for her, because long hair is given to her for a covering. 11:16 If anyone wants to argue, we have no other custom than this, and neither do God’s churches.
11:17 In the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 11:18 Firstly, I hear that divisions exist among you when you meet as a church, and I partly believe it. 11:19 There have to be factions among you so that it will be clear who amongst you are genuine. 11:20 When you meet together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you are eating. 11:21 As you eat, each of you eats own supper first. One person goes hungry, and another is drunk. 11:22 Do you not have houses to eat and to drink in? Or do you despise God’s church, and embarrass people who have nothing? What can I say to you? Should I praise you? I do not praise you for this.
11:23 I handed on to you what I received from the Lord. The Lord Jesus on the night on which he was betrayed took bread. 11:24 When he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “Take and eat. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of me.” 11:25 In the same way he took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this whenever you drink, in memory of me.” 11:26 Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you confess the Lord’s death until he comes. 11:27 Anyone who eats this bread or drinks the Lord’s cup in a way unworthy of the Lord will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. 11:28 You should examine yourself, and then eat the bread and drink from the cup. 11:29 People who eat and drink without honouring the Lord’s body eat and drink judgment on themselves. 11:30 This is why many among you are weak and sickly, and a number have died. 11:31 If we examined ourselves properly, we would not be judged. 11:32 But when we are judged we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned with the world. 11:33 So, friends, when you come together to eat, wait for each other. 11:34 If you are hungry you should eat at home, so that when you come together you will not bring condemnation on yourselves. I will give instructions about the other matters whenever I come.
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