TEXT: I Cor. 10 (25) “ 25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake”
INTRO: This strange bit of instruction in I Cor. might not make sense to many people today. Animal sacrifices were part of the OT law given by God to Israel; but other nations that worshipped idols and statues in their pagan religions also offered animals to their gods.
When the leftover meat from those sacrifices was discarded, it was still edible and sold in the public marketplace. What Paul called THE SHAMBLES (which means ‘a MESS’) was a place where meat and other articles of food are sold, meat market.
Ever been to a market in a third world country? They are literally in SHAMBLES – i.e, a MESS! Flies coming and going; stench; it’s hung up in plain sight and unwrapped.
I) SOLD to the Slavemaster
The verse of scripture here says;
25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake
He was telling them that it was OKAY to eat it, even though it was offered to an idol, because we know that an idol is only a statue and meaningless. It’s just another piece of meat.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
4097 πιπράσκω [piprasko /pip·ras·ko/] v. sold under sin, a price, of one sold into slavery. Sold to the master, to whom one is sold as a slave, entirely under the control of the love of sinning. 2b of one bribed to give himself up wholly to another’s will.
We were hung up like a piece of meat in the market place to be sold off to the highest bidder; SOLD UNDER SIN!
Our lives before we came to know Christ, were living offerings to sin, and the ways of satan.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
II) SIN: An horrible taskmaster
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
III) Christ our REDEEMER
Retrieve, regain, recover, get back, reclaim, repossess; buy back. (Redneck version – ‘fetched’ from o’er yonder)
EPHSIANS 2 (CONTINUED)
“…4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus“
EPH> 1 (7)
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven