Topic: Damnable Sin [Friday August 4, 2017]
Text: Leviticus 20:1-9
Key Verse: “Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.” (Leviticus 20:2).
There is a story about a custom of the natives in New Guinea. At certain times, they would lapse into rituals, songs and dance. They would work themselves up into a frenzy and the ritual would culminate in what is called the murder songs, in which they would shout before their gods the names of the people they would wish to kill for ritual.
This was similar to the situation in Canaan. But in the passage today, God prescribed a penalty for worshippers of Molech. It was a heinous crime and God commanded that those involved in such an act must all be cut off from their brethren. God equally instructed that foreigners who lived in Israel must obey the rules of God. He maintained that He would continue to set His face against any person that delighted in heathen practices. He also commanded the Israelites to be holy because He is holy.
Today, people still set God aside, worshipping idols of money and power. Some kill for ritualistic purposes. Children, for their part, disrespect their parents and constituted authority, a trend that has almost been elevated to a norm in the society. Although God’s prescription to stone the rebellious to death was only in the Old Testament dispensation, He has reserved judgment for the day when the works of men would be tried. God will judge the young and old, male and female, for any rebellious activity. All violent demonstrations that jeopardise the lives of other citizens will also be punished.
Therefore, Christian parents should educate their children on the dangers of getting involved in such unrests. God will hold everyone accountable for any rebellion in the church and against the leaders. As we go about our businesses today, may the Almighty God deliver us from any form of rebellion in Jesus’ Name.
Thought for the day: Sin is a deadly virus that pays the wages of death.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.