And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. Say what? Who the heck was Molech?
Let’s start with a bit of background. This chapter begins with the command, “According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God.” (verses 3-4). In other words, “Don’t follow the ways of Egypt from which I rescued you, and don’t follow the ways of Canaan which I am giving you; follow only My ways.”
Leviticus 18 deals with sexual morality. Sexual relations are very important to God – not because He wants to control your life (or make it “boring”) but because human beings are very important to Him, and how you treat other human beings reveals how important they are to you, too. Leviticus 20:1-5 says that one who gives a child to Molech defiles (makes filthy) God’s sanctuary and profanes (treats with contempt) His holy name. A child is God’s blessing to a man and woman, it is a blessing He gives them in love for them to love. This is why the ICCEC declares that All Human Life is Sacred: because God declares it sacred.
Who was Molech? He was a god of the Ammonites, a people who lived near the Promised Land. Despite God’s command the Israelites were greatly influenced by the Ammonites, who went so far as to set up his idol for worship. According to Jewish tradition, the image of Molech was of brass, hollow within, and was situated outside Jerusalem. “His face was (that) of a calf, and his hands stretched forth like a man who opens his hands to receive (something) of his neighbor. And they kindled it with fire [inside the statue until it was glowing brilliantly from the heat], and the priests took the babe and put it into the hands of Molech, and the babe gave up the ghost [i.e., it was burned to death].” (Smith’s Bible Dictionary)
What does this have to do with us? To be honest, it has everything to do with us, and even more so with each passing day. Molech is the very embodiment of abortion; you might say the spirit of Molech is the demonic authority over the principality of abortion: killing a child for personal gain. This made Molech especially evil in God’s eyes, and in 1 Kings 11:31-33 we see the result; “Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon … because they have forsaken Me, and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molech the god of the people of Ammon, and have not walked in My ways to do what is right in My eyes and keep My statutes and My judgments, as did his father David.”
Many of the Israelites sacrificed their children, their God-given inheritance, to Molech, which essentially said to God, “I don’t trust You to provide for me and this child, so I am sacrificing him/her to a false god in desperate hope that Molech will bless me instead.” They chose to follow the world around them, and their choice had severe consequences.
What does this have to do with us? We show who we follow in the choices we make every day. You may have such a choice to make today.
In America there are a number of states (similar to provinces in the Philippines) that have passed fetal heartbeat laws which recognize the unborn child as a human being with the right to life once a heartbeat is detected (which can be as early as six weeks from conception). Although you and I are on the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean, this will affect us … or we will affect it.
You see, the latest state to pass such a law is Georgia, which just happens to be a state where many movies, television, and streaming video series are filmed. The actors/actresses and Hollywood elites are enraged at any restrictions placed on abortion, so they are fighting back. Netflix and Disney are two companies who are threatening to pull all of their production out of Georgia if the law is not changed. Netflix is even funding a legal challenge to overturn the law.
Think about that. Companies who sell their products all around the world claim the right to force the residents of a sovereign state to support an activity which God says is so horrible that it caused the destruction of a kingdom. Netflix and Disney, and others are trying to cut off Georgia’s income to force them to change. If you watch Netflix or Disney, you have a choice: you can keep paying to help these companies tear down those who stand with Jesus Christ, or you can cut off a portion of their income instead.
Let me make it as simple as possible: choose this day whom you will serve and whom you will follow: the way of the world, or the way of Jesus.
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” (Matthew 25:40)
Word of God: speak! Non nobis Domine+
by: Father Dana Jackson