Leviticus 20* Law against sacrificing children to Moloch, Of children thatcurse their parents. (1-9) Laws repeated, Holiness enjoined.(10-27)1-9 Are we shocked at the unnatural cruelty of the ancientidolaters in sacrificing their children? We may justly be so.But are there not very many parents, who, by bad teaching andwicked examples, and by the mysteries of iniquity which theyshow their children, devote them to the service of Satan, andforward their everlasting ruin, in a manner even more to belamented? What an account must such parents render to God, andwhat a meeting will they have with their children at the day ofjudgment! On the other hand, let children remember that he whocursed father or mother was surely put to death. This law Christconfirmed. Laws which were made before are repeated, andpenalties annexed to them. If men will not avoid evil practices,because the law has made these practices sin, and it is rightthat we go on that principle, surely they should avoid them whenthe law has made them death, from a principle ofself-preservation. In the midst of these laws comes in a generalcharge, Sanctify yourselves, and be ye holy. It is the Lord thatsanctifies, and his work will be done, though it be difficult.Yet his grace is so far from doing away our endeavours, that itstrongly encourages them. Work out your salvation, for it is Godthat worketh in you. 10-27 These verses repeat what had been said before, but it wasneedful there should be line upon line. What praises we owe toGod that he has taught the evil of sin, and the sure way ofdeliverance from it! May we have grace to adorn the doctrine ofGod our Saviour in all things; may we have no fellowship withunfruitful works of darkness, but reprove them.
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