I hope you have seen that today's chapter is a lot easier than previous ones and very straightforward. In chapter 18, we see God's laws for his people for when they enter into the land of Canaan which He has promised them.
He reminds His people that they were no longer to follow the practices of Egypt, which some of them were still doing. Egypt, spiritually speaking, refers to our sinful, worldly past. we are to have nothing more to do with the sinful practices that we were once involved in. God also tells his people that they are not be involved in the doings of the people of Canaan and He goes on to list a number of wicked and sinful things that the Canaanites did which were 'abomination' in His sight. We all know that anything that is an abomination (a very strong noun) is a terrible thing, wicked, cursed, profane. We have to remember that this chapter is following on from many previous ones where God was highlighting His great holiness to His people; and here in this chapter we see the total sinfulness of man. Most of the sins in this chapter are of a sexual nature (in particular, incest and homosexuality). Unfortunately in this day and age, the Christian is, along with other decent people, criticized for being 'unloving' and indeed 'unChristian' when they voice their opinion (which as we see here in verse 22) that sexual sin is wrong. The holy and living God says clearly in His Word in verse 22 that "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." People's human rights and feelings have become far more important now, in the eyes of society, than what the Word of God says. We must not let the ideas of man make us feel bad about our personal convictions based on the Bible. This doesn't mean that we go looking for trouble and be unkind in our treatment of any human being, but we do not have to accept any teaching that goes blatantly against what God teaches.
We must always remember that God loves the sinner, but hates the sin. It was for sinful men and women that Christ died, no matter what their sin is. Any sin can be forgiven (apart from the sin of blasphemy against the holy Spirit) because Christ died for all sin. His blood atones for us all and no sin is so deep dyed that His blood cannot cleanse it. Those of us who are saved will believe that one day the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again to judge this world. Each and every one of us will answer to Him for the things we have done in our lifetime, in particular whether we accepted or rejected His offer of mercy. If you haven't trusted Christ as Saviour yet, I would urge you to do so. Trust Him for salvation and let Him into your heart as Lord. If there is anyone reading this, and you have been involved in any of the sins recorded in this passage, don't despair. Your sins can be fully forgiven by simply acknowledging those sins and accepting Christ as the only Saviour from sin. Then you can turn away from the sin that you once practised and begin your new life in Christ, following Him day by day.
♥ Pray that the Lord will cleanse any sin in your own life and help you to live in a holy way for Him
♥ Ask the Lord to help you to be strong in your convictions and beliefs about His Word
♥ Pray for those people who hate God's Word and who prefer to live as they please; one day we will ALL have to give an account to God for how we lived and whether or not we trusted Christ as Saviour
Hugs, Karen x