Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled. – Leviticus 18:24
During their four and a half centuries in North Africa, the Israelites had embraced many of the pagan practices of their Egyptian slavers. On their journey to the land promised to them by God, He warned that if they continued to practice idolatry their punishment would be severe. In fact, one of God’s reasons for demanding the total eradication of the promised land’s current inhabitants (the Canaanites) was their own history of multiple abominations. Removal would not be enough. Canaan would have to be wiped clean.
We know (from the biblical record) that Israel did not abandon their sinful ways, that they eventually slid into deeper deprivation, and that as a result, they too were removed from their home and scattered across the known world.
God remains consistent in His judgment of sin and even those historically blessed (and protected) by God should know that they cannot ignore those blessings, willfully disobey Him, and remain intact, individually, or corporately. We, too, must be first attentive, then concerned, and ultimately repentant, or be “scattered.”
Lord be pleased to shake my clay cottage before Thou throwest it down. – Thomas Fuller
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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