Pass Me the Meat
I Corinthians 3:1-3
Intro: I love meat. If I had to choose between a chicken leg or a piece of chocolate cake, I’d take the chicken leg every time. When we go to a buffet, I will fill my plate up with every variety of meat you can imagine. I don’t get a salad.
As one man said, “Every week, I buy lots of fresh vegetables. I feed them to my hog so he can make me some bacon.”
When God created man in the Garden of Eden, their meat was herbs and fruit.
- 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
- 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
After the Flood, God let man eat meat.
Notice how God put it in Genesis 9
- 1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
- 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
- 3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
JOKE: God let man eat meat after the Flood.
He saw what happens when you turn the world over to a bunch of vegetarians!
Notice in our text: I Corinthians 3
- 1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
- 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
- 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
A. Their Diet – it was milk; not with meat – vs. 2
Milk is what babies eat.
- 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
B. Their Difficulty – ye were not able to bear it, neither yet are ye able. – vs. 2
They couldn’t chew meat. They didn’t have any teeth apparently.
They couldn’t swallow meat. They choked on it.
They couldn’t digest meat. It gave them indigestion.
They were not able to bear it.
C. Their Diagnosis – for ye are yet carnal; even as unto babes in Christ – vs. 1, 4
Show me a Christian that can’t handle meat, and their problem is simple – they are carnal!
Twice, Paul explained the problem.
They were not spiritual. They were carnal.
Notice the irony. The word “carnal” means fleshly.
The root word for CARNAL is the same as CARNAGE and CARNIVIROUS.
A carnivore is a meat-eating animal.
NOTE: A person’s appetite is a huge indicator of their spirituality.
I can’t speak for you this morning, but I can speak for myself.
Paul said, “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat…”
I say, “PASS ME THE MEAT!!”
I. The Meat of Scripture
- 11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
- 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
- 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
- 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
When it comes to the word of God – PASS ME THE MEAT!!
Back to our text in I Corinthians 3.
- Paul preached in Corinth for 18 months from AD 51 to AD 52
- He wrote this book in AD 56.
- He couldn’t pass them the meat when he was there, and he couldn’t pass them the meat 6 years later!
- They had a carnal appetite;
II. The Meat of Stewardship
Turn to Malachi 3
Many so-called Christians today are still choking on the biblical concept of tithing.
They, as Paul said, “are not able to bear it…”
It’s more than they can chew.
They can’t digest basic principles of stewardship.
When it comes to giving; to tithing; to offerings; to stewardship, since I was about 15 years old, I’ve said “PASS ME THE MEAT!!”
- Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
God didn’t set up tithes and offerings just to pay the bills.
God wants meat in the house.
He could have said, “…that there may be food in mine house…”
Or provision, or meal, or wheat, or barley, or nourishment, but no.
He said, “That there may be meat in mine house…”
That word “meat” in the Hebrew literally means the tearing, ripping, rending in pieces; a prey
Not accidental giving; not token giving; not a gesture or pretense of giving; but meat.
He’s referring to a stockpile of deliberate, purposeful, premeditated giving that requires effort.
NOTE: Abraham tithed 400 years before the law. (Genesis 14:20)
Let’s face it; we need the meat of stewardship more than God does.
NOTICE Mal. 3:11, 12
- 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
- 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
- Proverbs 3:9, 10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
I can honestly say; because I was obedient to make sure there was meat in His house, He’s blessed my house with meat.
God has poured out His abundant blessings on me and my family.
I know it is because we have tried to honor God with our stewardship.
III. The Meat of Soulwinning
- 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
- 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
- 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
- 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
The disciples were so concerned with physical meat, that they had no idea what Jesus was talking about.
He said, “I have meat to eat that ye know not of…”
He expounded on his meaning in verse 34 – “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”
When it comes to a burden for the lost; for the unsaved, is soulwinning “meat that ye know not of” or is it a part of your regular diet?
Conclusion: We have too many vegetarian Christians. They don’t eat meat. They avoid it.
I couldn’t help but notice just how simple these three points are this morning.
Once you start eating meat, it is not that complicated.
These three points are not difficult; hard elements of the Christian life.
They are basic; simple; rudimentary.
I hope this morning that God has spoken to your heart, and you can join me in saying, “Pass Me the Meat!”