You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. Lev 18:3 (NIV)
When God brought the Jews out of Egypt, He warned them to avoid the practices of the people in the land He was giving them. The ten plagues and the forty year trek to the promise land are well known to Christians. Less discussed is why that land was made available.
The 400 years of Jewish captivity was also 400 years in which the Canaanites could have turned away from their evil ways. During the harsh years of captivity, the Jewish people petitioned God for deliverance; whereas, the Canaanites engaged in every vile detestable form of perversion the human mind could devise. Unbridled sexual sin didn’t satisfy the principalities and powers ruling over the minds of Canaanites. It took the death of first born Canaanite babies to appease the palate of Molech.
Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. Lev 18:21 (NIV)
With the discovery of the Ugarit tablets, we have a greater understanding of why God demanded the destruction of Canaanites. Like the Israelites, they were herdsmen and farmers depended on the land. They believed that human sacrifices are required to have fertile crops, animals and people; therefore, they willingly killed their first born. “The children were to be offered without any display of emotion. Should such a display be made, then the sacrifice was worthless.”
Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. Lev 18:24-25 (NIV)
The failure of the Jewish people to completely destroy all of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites resulted in a seduction of the Jewish people away from the Lord. They started to engage in the evil practices of the inhabitants. By ignoring God’s warning, they created problems which ultimately got them cast out of the land until 1948!
You may ask how stupid could they have been to witness the miracles of God, receive His blessing and still allow themselves to worship false gods and sacrifice their children? I suppose it could be the same reason that we Americans ignore the blessing we have. God gave us a land filled with Milk and Honey and unlimited resources. He filled the land with people from all over the world. He in trusted us with the greatest country in the world and we are behaving like Canaanites!
It is estimated that we have murdered over 54,000,000 babies inside the sanctuary God created to nourish them. We continue to do this without remorse. We do not allow public protest of this sin on the airwaves. It is not polite or politically correct to complain about this procedure. After all, it is a woman’s right to choose! We probably sacrifice our unborn more efficiently than the Canaanites did. While many “real” Christians protest this evil, there are “so-called” Christians who walk into churches every Sunday praising “some god” with hands held high, while quietly supporting the ongoing slaughter of innocents.
We allow our young to be taught in schools that unmarried sex is fine as long as a condom separates them from the other person. It matters little if that person is male or female. The time may come when the age of the other person will no longer matter. Marriage is no longer required; however, if one is to marry, they can marry male or female. The president said the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. He ordered the attorney general to stop defending the law. Many states are allowing same sex couple to engage in what they call “marriage”. While real bible believers are against ungodly unions, you can always find certain so-called “ministers” ready to justify it.
The United States was created by the sovereign grace of the Almighty. This country was a blessing to the world and a beacon of hope and light. Godly hope has faded and the light of a once righteous nation has dimmed. America is slipping into the pit, and needs to repent NOW! God gave the Canaanites 400 years. They didn’t repent and the land vomited them out. America has already used up 236 years. I doubt if God will give us another 164 years, before the land vomits us out!
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