Sold in the Shambles

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)


“…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

COL. 1

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

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Lionhearted – A Veteran’s Day Sermon

TEXT:  Rev. 5 (5)  5 “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”

BR: Rev. 5 (1-6)

INTRO: To be “lionhearted” means to be brave and determined.

alpha male - The dominant male animal in a particular group

• a man tending to assume a dominant or domineering role in social or professional situations.

Those who wish to supplant them, wish to BE them

The authority people despise, they secretly wish to assume

Was Christ indeed a PASSIVE male? He is the ALPHA and the OMEGA, the LION of the tribe of Judah. But when John looked toward the throne to see this lion, he saw a Lamb; Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. He was a Lamb in His humility, opening not His mouth as He was led to the slaughter for us. But then again, He was a Lion in His determination to do the will of God the Father, who sent Him; He aggressively pursued His goals.

I) The Roles established by God

A) God’s motive for establishing them was good

It is natural for someone in a lesser role, i.e. a role or job that is less LIMELIGHT and more MISSION focused, to resent others who get the coveted ATTENTION and ADORATION.

But God’s design and ultimate purpose for establishing roles, was for the good of everyone involved; it was never His intention to ‘cheat’ one and ‘favor’ another.

Part of it too, was the outcome of Adam and Eve’s poor judgment. This caused the subordination of the woman to the man.

B) WHAT Roles God established

I Cor. 11

3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

(CONTINUE in I Cor. 11?…if so…)

SHAME? Who is ashamed today of being the opposite of what God wants?

It seems that people today are more PROUD of their sins, than they are ashamed.  Many flaunt their sins, as politically correct Christians click “like”.

C) Christ is the Pre-eminent One: Col. 1 (13)

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: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

D) God established the family structure: Eph. 5

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.

Then down to vs (33) and into Chapter 6

33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Being Lionhearted isn’t an excuse to abuse!

Real leaders are examples, not bullies.

6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

E) WHY He established these roles

Genesis 3 (11)

“Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”


16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

II) These are the roles God established

If you can overthrow God, whether physically or in your thoughts, you have find freedom from your obligation to fit into any role. After all, if there’s no GOD? There’s no certain role in life for anyone.

If you can’t overthrow Him? hmmmm…

“Pastor” people ask, “why don’t other Pastors tell us these truths from the bible?  Uh…..people might get angry, and they don’t have the heart of a Lion.

Satan’s daily task is to tear down and destroy the structure of EVERYTHING God has established.

Bible College ladies in the “help meet” class; the role of homemaker is a role of honor, and shares in the goals of a family; it should NEVER be disparaged.

III) Christ was called the LAMB of God

John 1 -  28 “These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.  29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Why did he call him that? Because the sacrifices of lambs in the OT, were a model of what Christ would do to bring in the new! A sacrificial Lamb, dying in the place of the sinful; willingly, silently.

I Peter 1

18 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”

III) The heart of a LION

A) African lions

They typically weigh 265 to 420 lbs

Asiatic lions tend to be much bigger, according to the World Wildlife Federation (WWF). They weigh 300 to 500 lbs.

A lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles (8 kilometers) away, according to the National Zoo. A male lion’s mane protects it when it fights. At short distances, lions can run 50 mph (80 kph). They can jump as far as about 36 feet

B) David had the heart of a lion

David chosen from among all his siblings

Why the young son? The Shepherd?

As time went by, he proved he had the heart of a Lion!

He didn’t LOOK like the best choice for a leader.

David’s actions throughout many battles proved that he was lion-hearted!

Against Goliath

C) Jonathan had the heart of a lion

I Sam. 14 – Jonathan and his armourbearer in I Sam. 14

Defeat of the pack of Philistines and the two sharp rocks

He was lionhearted!

D) Jesus had the heart of a Lion!

Jesus turns over the tables of the moneychangers. The zeal of God’s house “ate Him up!”

He is the LION of the tribe of Judah!

Rev. 5

John looked toward the throne; there, at the seat of universal power, having ALL POWER was the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ

But when he spoke of Jesus PREVAILING?

prevail |priˈvāl|

verb [ no obj. ]

…prove more powerful than opposing forces; be victorious:

He spoke of a LION in connection with Jesus’ PREVALENCE – not His love. He prevailed and could therefore, open the book (Rev. 6)

He prevailed by not being passive, nor indecisive; He conquered by humility AND determination. “Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the willingness to face and conquer fear.” (Unknown)

CONCLUSION: On this Veteran’s Day, Jesus is the ultimate warrior, who by sheer determination and resolve won the ultimate battle!

John Chapter 8 - “ 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

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