[CF Devotionals] 2021-01-09 - All in the Family

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Exodus Study Continues

XIII. All in the Family
3. Laws regarding Property Rights & Crimes Against Humanity
ii. Violation of God's Primacy

The reason I called this section a “Violation of God” is because what occurs here is a violation of the relationship between men and their God. The first case relates to witchcraft:
“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charm- er or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abomina- tions the LORD your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do this” (Deuteronomy 18:9–14 ESV).

This was a direct action against God, because it is contrary to the proper relationship with Him. Witchcraft often means worshiping nature or, in those days, worshiping false gods. When the word used here is translated into the Greek, it is poisoners, and refers to the use of drugs. As is the case today, much of the occult practices include the use of drugs.Whether or not these individuals actually had supernatural powers, and I personally think they may have, they certainly carried on practices that were contrary to God’s law. I think many of the practices going on today may fall under this section, i.e., psychics, fortunetellers, etc. and while we are not called to kill them, as believers we are to stay far away from them. Do you have any thoughts as to why this might be the case?

The second situation can also be seen as an abomination, a direct affront to God, because it is a violation of the appropriate relationship between a man and a woman in marriage, a picture of the proper relationship between God and His people. This was the sexual aberration of men having sexual relationships with animals. The whoever means both men and women.

The third abomination is the most obvious violation of God, and that is the worship of false gods. This was carried out in this case by the offering of sacrifices to these gods.

In all three cases, we see pagan practices, those carried out by the Egyptians and, as the Israelites would soon see, the Canaanites as well. All these behavior patterns were part of the worship of false gods, and so God, in His mercy, devises a harsh penalty for their violation.

Exodus study to be continued.

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All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.

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