Topic: Don’t Defile The Land
[DCLM Daily Manna 29 July 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Leviticus 18:17-30 (KJV)
17 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son’s daughter, or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.
18 Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.
19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.
20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her.
21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:
27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)
28 That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.
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29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.
30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.
Key Verse: “(For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;) That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you” (Leviticus 18:27, 28).
Two evil friends who specialised in robbing accident victims enjoyed their “vocation” for some time. They usually rushed to accident sites and while the victims struggled between life and death, they dispossess them of their valuables – money, etc. But one night, a strange thunder struck and killed them both. The land “spued” them out of it.
The occupants of the land of Canaan had defiled the land with evil practices. Their iniquity had blossomed and multiplied. The judgment of God came on them as they were rooted out and replaced with Israel.
The earth does not operate independently of the righteous laws of God; there are natural laws such as the law of sowing and reaping, which often plays out in all spheres of a man’s life. “Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high… For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it” (Habakkuk 2:9-11).
Unbridled quest for sins has pervaded modern societies. All forms of evil – robbery, rape, ritual killings, kidnapping, banditry, embezzlement, etc., are so common these days.
But does the sinner today know that the horrors of hell must be avoided? Does he know that there is a lake that burneth with fire and brimstone “where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched”; where those who die in sin will live all eternity?
Most persons, even those who profess to read the Bible, still do not believe this truth. The truth is that anyone who dies with any unforgiven sins will certainly be sent into everlasting fire. The way out is to repent from all sin and receive Jesus as Lord and personal Saviour.
Thought For The Day: To avoid eternal regrets, receive Christ today as your Saviour.
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