God has revealed much to us about Himself, about life and creation, and many other things. And Jeremiah 33.3 says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” But there are also secret things which God has not revealed and we are forbidden from seeking spiritual advice apart from Him.
Leviticus 19 & 20
Leviticus 19 & 20:
Moral & social standards
Here in chapter 19 we have many of the moral and social standards laid out or repeated:
Respect for parents (19.3).
Caring for the poor and needy (19.9-10). This was the law of gleaning. Long before there was welfare, God’s people were to leave some of the harvest in the field so the poor and the stranger were free to gather what was left.
Fair labor practices (19.13).
Not taking advantage of the disabled (19.14).
Justice and fairness (19.15-16).
Love for your neighbor (19.17-18).
Protection for women (19.20-22, 29).
Respect for the elderly (19.32).
Kindness to strangers (19.33-34).
Honesty in business (19.35-36).
Commands to not take part in any kind of witchcraft, fortune telling, predicting the future or any kind of divination (19.26-28, 31). These things were strictly forbidden and still are! No matter how good or how harmless it looks, it’s Satanic. As we get to our New Testament reading you will see that even Satan can appear religious when it serves his purpose.
I’ve heard about fortune tellers and others involved in these things who tell people they believe in Jesus. They may believe, but they are NOT true worshipers. James said, “… Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror” (Jas. 2.19). They’re serving Satan whether or not they realize it.
If you participate in any of these things you’re violating God’s clear commands: cleansings, horoscopes, Ouija boards, astrology, palm readers, necromancy, and various means of predicting the future. It appears that God takes this seriously, chapter 19.31 and 20.27:
31 ‘Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.
27 ‘A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.’”
God is the One who holds the future. We need to leave it in His loving hands. Deuteronomy 29.29:
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Sexual immorality & human sacrifice
Chapter 20 begins by talking about those who worship Molech, in particular those who give any of their descendants to Molech. This is referring to human sacrifice. This demonic “god” demanded human sacrifice, especially infants and children! This is the same devil who wants us to think “playing around” with witchcraft and fortune telling and horoscopes is harmless. This is his character, but he’s a master deceiver. Remember our sister Eve? Deceived by something that looked good!
You’ll notice that much in this chapter has to do with sexual immorality. Much of the worship of these pagan gods involved immoral sexual activity, temple prostitution, drunken orgies and the like. This would naturally result in pregnancies. I wonder, from God’s perspective if this is really much different from what takes place today with drinking and partying and then “sacrificing” babies at the abortion clinic!
I know there may be someone reading this who has had an abortion before, or even after, coming to know Christ. I want you to know there is forgiveness where there is genuine repentance. I would encourage you to contact a biblical counselor if you are dealing with post-abortion pain of any kind. You can go to the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors to find a counselor in your area or you can contact me at Donna.email@example.com. You can also leave a question or a comment at the bottom of this post.
We can count on Him
There’s a great promise in verse 10, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me.” No matter who else in life abandons, hurts, or neglects us, we can count on the Lord, who will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13.5).
Well of life or destruction?
More contrasts. “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked …” The mouth of the righteous builds up, encourages, and causes people to grow, but the mouth of the wicked brings destruction. The passage goes on, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.” So many of the little annoyances in life, even things people do that hurt or offend us, can be covered with God’s love if we call on His grace to do so.
Even demons believe
This is the story of the Gadarene demoniac. Verse 6 says the demons who were controlling this man “worshiped the Lord.” As I said, even Satan can act religious when it suits him.
Jesus had mercy on this man and commanded the demons to come out of him. Verse 15 tells us that when the people heard that the demoniac was clothed and in his right might, “they were afraid” and asked Jesus to leave their region! Perhaps they were afraid of what would be exposed in their own lives or maybe they were more concerned about their sinful business practices than in coming to know God.
As believers, we need to be exposing our hearts and minds to the light of God and His Word and when God reveals areas of sin, we need to confess and repent. Remember when we do “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1.9).