Deuteronomy 12 Commentary

Deuteronomy 12 Commentary

Canaanites had several gods worshipped in different locations: high mountains, hills and under spreading trees. Objects of pagan worship included: altars, sacred stones, Asherah poles and idols.

These must be destroyed; not accommodated. The LORD is not to be worshipped this way. There is one place of worship. The LORD is to be worshipped from there. The saint may want to reflect on pagan worship systems and seek to distance himself from such.

You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods. Verse 31.

Immorality is intrinsic to pagan worship systems. Child sacrifice (mentioned here) in addition to sex shrines was a normal form of pagan worship. The LORD orders the demolition of symbols and actual pagan worship objects. They are detestable to the LORD.

Today brothels operate as businesses but in the Old Testament sex shrines were places of pagan worship. Contrary to popular opinion, illegal sex isn’t a call of nature we must answer, rather a pagan worship system meant to defy the living God. It’s never an innocent happy moment between two people.

This pagan worship system now exists in many versions: adultery, pornography, same sex marriages, fornication, sex with animals, sex plays, sex movies, sex media, sex toys, sex talk, sex stories, sex clothing… No wonder the world is confused.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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