On Child Sacrifice – Ezekiel 20


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On Child SacrificeEzekiel 20

In Ezekiel Chapter 20, we find God tellingIsraelwhy they were sent out of their own country into all the nations of the world. God tells them that they didn’t keep His laws and rules and they weren’t respecting the Sabbath (Seventh Days).  In addition to what they were not doing, the things they were doing were awful. They were worshipping false gods and sacrificing their own children by fire in their worship of those false gods.

    [23-26] Besides this, I promised you in the countryside, that I would scatter you among the nations, and send you throughout all the countries; because you hadn’t done my laws, didn’t keep my rules, and had disrespected my Seventh Days, and you followed after your ancestors’ false gods. Besides this, I also gave you rules that weren’t good, and laws in which you wouldn’t live; and I ruined you in your own gifts, because you were sacrificing your own children, that I would make you empty, to the end that you would know that I am Yahweh.

The interesting to me is that their place of worship, where all these children were sacrificed, was called Bamah. It brings to mind the voting record of president O’bama concerning abortion.  He has the most deathly voting record of all our nation’s leaders.  If left up to him all abortions would be legal for any reason.  He supported partial birth abortion, which is when a child is partially born, and then scissors are used to stab a hole in the back of the babies’ sculls. His support of this most gruesome act is unconscionable.  He has voted against almost all of the life saving measures that were passed concerning abortion, and he has voted for most, if not all, of the deadly measures that were presented to our law makers. It is quite chilling that his name just happens to be O’bama, which is certainly closely related to this ancient word for their high place of false worship and child sacrifice.

 

     [27-32] So, human being, speak to the people of Israel, and tell them, “Yahweh God says, In this also have your ancestors disrespected me, in that they’ve sinned against me. For when I had brought them into the land, which I promised to give to them, then they saw every high hill, and every thick tree, and offered sacrifices there, and there they provoked Me with their offering; there they also made their meat offerings, and poured out their drink offerings. Then I said to them, What is this high place of false worship, which you go to? So its name is called Bamah (high place of false worship) to this day.

 

I believe God is speaking to us today, as well as to the Israelites of that century.  God goes on to say, So tell the people of Israel, Yahweh God says, Don’t you ruin yourselves the same way your ancestors did? And act unfaithfully following after your filthy garbage? And when you offer your gifts, and sacrifice your children, don’t you ruin yourselves with all your false gods to this day? And you dare to ask me for anything, people of Israel? As I live, says Yahweh God, I won’t be asked anything by you…’”

God is telling us that we have innocent blood on our hands and that he will not hear our prayers unless we repent of this sin of child sacrifice, and put away our false gods of wealth and materialism that tells us we can’t afford to have our children, that we need to finish school first so we can get a good job, that we can’t afford this child until we get that new house, or buy that new car, or go on this vacation.  People, we are sacrificing our children on the altar of materialism and convenience.  This just isn’t right, and God will bring judgment on us as He did the Israelites, because we are bringing on Him and His name disrespect.

 

     [39-44] As for you, people of Israel, Yahweh God says this, “ You people, go and serve all your false gods, and from now on, if you won’t listen to me, you won’t disrespect My Holy Name with your offerings, and with your false gods. …There you’ll remember your ways, and all the things you did, in which you’ve ruined yourselves; and you’ll hate yourselves in your own sight because all the evils you’ve done. You’ll know that I am Yahweh, when I’ve dealt with you for My Name’s sake, not for your evil ways, nor for the wrong things you did, people of Israel, says Yahweh God.”

If Christians stand by and let these things happen, we are just as guilty as if we ourselves are sacrificing our children on the altar of abortion.  Many Christians have had abortions and many more Christians don’t have a problem with certain birth control measures, which are abortifacient, and also kill many innocent lives.  God will not hold us guiltless, if we don’t fight against these things and teach others that they are wrong. God said, “Be fruitful and multiply” so there would be many of His people to teach the nations right from wrong. And instead of multiplying our numbers, we are sacrificing our children and teaching others to do the same.  God have mercy on us, for we are sinners!

 

 

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderful children and three grandkids, who I am very proud of. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. My ministry is geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community, and that I have been called to the homeland mission field of North America. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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