The chapter begins with a warning about the worst kind of idolatry, a sin so heinous that it is the stuff of horror films. Sacrificing children, especially one’s own children is a sin that The Lord says is so serious, not only should the offender be stoned to death, but anyone who knows he killed his child and looked the other way or doesn’t agree with his stoning should be cut off from Israel. Verses 1-5 read,
“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3 I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. 4 And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, 5 then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech.”
We are God’s chosen, His children. We are holy. He wants us to be like Him. We love Him with our heart, mind, soul, and strength and that means we reflect Him to the world. That means everything we are glorifies and exalts Him. God loves His children deeply. He would never sacrifice or surrender us. Today, most of the world doesn’t practice sacrificing animals or people, but there are people who abandon, sell, neglect, abuse, and even kill or otherwise forfeit their children to the world. Our Father would never do that to us, He wants us to be to our children as He is to us. John 10:27-29 reads,
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
The Son of God and Father God are one. Believers, we are one with God also. We have His Spirit, we are united with Him. Because He has adopted us as His children, we have His nature. God desires for us to be like Him, holy and distinct. To hurt our children is absolutely against God’s nature. Not only are we not to give up our children to the world, but we are to stand up for the children, the orphans who have been abandoned and the ones who are being sacrificed by the parents who are supposed to be raising them up for the greatness of The Lord. God doesn’t look the other way while we are being hurt and we can’t look the other way while any child is hurt, even if that child is 94 years old.
We are to be like God. He is holy. We seek our counsel from Him, not from the enemy. We trust He holds our future. We honor The Lord not our ancestors. We seek comfort from The Holy Spirit of God not spirits. Verses 6-7 read,
“If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.7 Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.”
Jesus always honored His Father in Heaven. He always honored His earthly father and His mother. In our esteem and respect for our parents we glorify The Lord. We show the world a little bit about the nature of our God as we venerate Him by our relationships with people. Even simply saying something bad against our parents is considered hating them, it is tantamount to murder and the punishment is the same for such a serious act. Verses 8-9 read,
“Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 9 For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.”
God is pure. We His children are pure and we are to exalt our Father by our purity, righteousness, nobility and holiness. Verses 10-21 of the chapter ae dedicated to remaining sexually pure. Do not have sex with anyone other than your spouse. Never have sexual relations, even without that one act with anyone who is in any way related to you be it by blood or marriage. And never have sex with a person of your own gender.
Sex is a lovely beautiful gift from God. But people have polluted it and made it abhorrent. They think that uncontrolled lust is natural and while it is natural to the nature of Satan, children of The Lord God do not behave with the nature of the world but with the Nature of God. He is holy and so are His children. We can’t besmirch His name with repugnant acts of sexual immorality. When we do that, we defile ourselves. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 says,
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
We are united with Christ with The Lord Himself! How can we sully Him by using our bodies, which belong to Him in every sense of the phrase by using ourselves in such depravity? We are able to exhibit self-control because God’s Spirit is in us. We are able to honor God with our entirety because we have His Spirit, His mind and His heart.
We are holy. We are distinct. We are not like the world. We are peculiar. We stand out. We are God’s own. Verse 26 states,
“You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.”