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Saturday, August 4, 2012

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In Leviticus 20, it appears that God’s cup of mercy has run dry. Instead of seeking to reconcile the
rebellious, He commands the death penalty to anyone who sacrifices their children to Molech, curses
their parents, or participates in adultery (spiritually or physically). In fact, the sin of sacrificing
their children to Molech was so great that God says those who practice this abominable worship
are spiritually defiling His sanctuary! This is pretty serious! While God is patient and longsuffering,
sometimes He has to hold up his hands, especially to His own people and say, “Enough is enough!”
 
Obviously, we as Christians aren’t usually guilty of sacrificing our children to Molech today. But are we
guilty of sacrificing them to the fires of other modern day gods such as skepticism, materialism, racism,
emotionalism, sensationalism? And are we guilty of spiritual adultery?
 
While seemingly harsh at times, everything that God commanded in the wilderness was based upon
principles that affect our lives today. It is only natural that if our heart is defiled, our family will suffer.
And if the sanctity of family relations or the relations in marriage are defiled, the sanctity of the church
will be affected, and soon society as a whole begins to crumble. So to prohibit this, God starts at the
very foundation...our children, our parents, and us! ‘Take heed that ye despise not one of these little
ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father, which is
in heaven’ (Matt 18:10). If you curse your parents (the bloodline from which I formed you), my blood
can no longer cover you. And if you defile the sacred marriage institution, or have an affair with other
lovers (thus defiling the sanctuary of your heart), your heart and body can no longer be My home.”
 
So let us search our hearts, plead for the Lord’s forgiveness and His mercy. “If we say that we have
no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:8,9
 

 

Melodious Echo Mason

Director of Programming, ARME Bible Camp Ministries