Holy Sexual Habits
Scripture reading for February 8th: Leviticus 18-20
It seems that God knows all about our sexual practices! He warned the Israelites not to do the things sexually that Egypt did. He also tells them that the Canaanites practice things sexually that must be avoided. (Leviticus 18:2-3) Sex is important because God is after godly offspring! (Malachi 2:15) He specifically designed man and woman to fit together sexually. Sex was to take place only in a marriage covenant and the sexual union brought them together and made them one flesh! From this union, God would use them to bring other human beings into eternal existence. Holiness and godly offspring would come as God’s people completely obeyed His commands for proper sexual contact. (Leviticus 18:4-5)
Some of the heathen practices that the Israelites were forbidden to have included sex with close relatives, incest, and others’ spouses (adultery). (Leviticus 18:6-20) Sexual relations outside of marriage dishonor the person and others related to them. God commands respect for each person and for other relationships and marriages. Love is at the heart of these commands. God is love! (1st John 4:16) Sexual contact defiles the body by spreading diseases. It also has a detrimental effect on a person’s soul and spirit. The Bible says they become defiled by such conduct. (2nd Corinthians 6:14-7:1) Adultery and divorce sows violence into a relationship. (Malachi 2:16)
Another forbidden practice was offering children to Molech. Molech was an idol god to whom the Canaanites regularly sacrificed their children. God warned them that this dishonors Him and profanes His Name. God loves children and wants to give them life, not see them sacrificed! (John 10:10)
God also spoke plainly about homosexuality and bestiality. These evil practices were strictly off-limits to God’s holy children. They were detestable to Him and He explained that it was these practices that defiled the land and caused it to vomit out the inhabitants! (Leviticus 18:22-28) Those who would be involved in these practices must be cut off from God’s people. These practices defile a person physically and spiritually and make them detestable to God.
Nothing could be plainer to understand, unless you were willfully blind! God cares about His people and loves them enough to help them with healthy sexual advice. We would be wise to love what He loves and hate what He hates! God blesses holy sex between a man and woman who are in a marriage covenant!