Topic: Incest Forbidden!
[DCLM Daily Manna 28 July 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Leviticus 18:1-16 (KJV)
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God.
3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.
4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.
5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.
6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.
7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
8 The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.
9 The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.
10 The nakedness of thy son’s daughter, or of thy daughter’s daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.
11 The nakedness of thy father’s wife’s daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s sister: she is thy father’s near kinswoman.
13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister: for she is thy mother’s near kinswoman.
14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.
15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son’s wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.
16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother’s wife: it is thy brother’s nakedness.
Key Verse: “Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood” (Leviticus 17:12).
“None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.” – (Leviticus 18:6)
Amnon, the first son of King David fell prey to the sin of incest due to his lust towards his half-sister, Tamar and the ungodly advice of his friend and cousin, Jonadab. He lost his life later as a result. Heathen nations like Egypt and Canaan practised these obscene acts of committing immorality with near relations – a practice God forbids.
His emphasis here: “I am the LORD”, shows His complete ownership of Israel by creation and redemption. He had become the God and Father of Israel. So He instructed them to avoid this unwholesome and despicable act as they were going to inherit the Promised Land. Keeping and obeying God’s judgments and statutes form a major part of His covenant with Israel and the Church.
Sexual sins – fornication, adultery, incest, rape and pornography are potent tools in the hands of Satan in leading many souls to hell. Lust of the flesh has done so much harm to fallen man that even some strong men have fallen victims. Men like David, Samson and Solomon brought disrepute and a dent to their otherwise excellent ministries as a result of this sin. Believers are warned to keep away from the strange woman and not to fumble in immorality with any member of the family or relations – close or distant.
The antidote is to be watchful and desist from unholy intimacy with the opposite gender. Some, out of a genuine desire to help someone, get tempted and fall. The devil cares less about the sincerity of such a person as long as he can get him down. Fleshly lusts war against the soul and drown men in perdition. The righteous must be careful to abstain from it to avoid eternal regrets.
Thought For The Day: Keep your body under by bringing it into subjection.
The Bible In One Year: 1 Thessalonians 1-5