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December 6, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: 2 Corinthians 10-13
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Leviticus 18 (ESV)

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, I am the Lord your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.

“None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. I am the Lord. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, which is the nakedness of your mother; she is your mother, you shall not uncover her nakedness. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether brought up in the family or in another home. 10 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your son’s daughter or of your daughter’s daughter, for their nakedness is your own nakedness. 11 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter, brought up in your father’s family, since she is your sister. 12 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s sister; she is your father’s relative. 13 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s relative. 14 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s brother, that is, you shall not approach his wife; she is your aunt. 15 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law; she is your son’s wife, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 16 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother’s wife; it is your brother’s nakedness. 17 You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and of her daughter, and you shall not take her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter to uncover her nakedness; they are relatives; it is depravity. 18 And you shall not take a woman as a rival wife to her sister, uncovering her nakedness while her sister is still alive.

19 “You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her menstrual uncleanness. 20 And you shall not lie sexually with your neighbor’s wife and so make yourself unclean with her. 21 You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. 22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. 23 And you shall not lie with any animal and so make yourself unclean with it, neither shall any woman give herself to an animal to lie with it: it is perversion.

24 “Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, 25 and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you 27 (for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean), 28 lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. 29 For everyone who does any of these abominations, the persons who do them shall be cut off from among their people. 30 So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and never to make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”

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  1. You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22

    Sexual Sin

    We live in a post-Christian world. Even people who claim to follow Christ and go to church often renounce passages in Scripture which go against their personal beliefs or social norms. Instead of being transformed by the renewing of their minds (allowing them to discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect), they are conforming to this world (Romans 12:2). Instead of being voices in the wilderness crying out for people to repent, they live in Sodom and Gomorrah and partake in whatever their heart's desire.

    Is it any wonder?

    Many churches refuse to submit to the authority of God and His Word and instead worship and follow a god of their own making. When church leaders lead people away from Scripture and encourage people in ways the Bible discourages (or outright forbids), it's clearly no longer a Christian church no matter what the marque out front might say or how many dusty Bibles are in the pew racks (if there are Bibles at all). 

    One local church added a rainbow to their sign in front of their building. When I went to their website, it says, "We are an open and affirming church" on their home page. This same church has had a woman pastor for years despite spiritual leadership being the responsibility of men according to Scripture and the prohibition for women to be in authority over men in the context of the local church. 

    When you reject Scripture in one area, it's easy to reject it in all areas. 

    2 Timothy 4:3-4 says, "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths."

    We are certainly living in these times.

    The Bible says homosexuality is an abomination (not same-sex attraction but the act itself). And Leviticus 18 is not the only place this appears in Scripture. 

    God Gave Them Up

    One particular passage that is helpful (and there are more) is Romans 1:24-27 which says, "Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

    26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done."

    Why did God give people up to a debased mind? 

    They exchanged the truth about God for a lie (v25)
    They worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator (v 25)
    They did not see fit to acknowledge God (v28)

    If we read the preceding verses in Romans (before the passages I shared), we see that God giving people up to a debased mind is actually the wrath of God being reveled:

    Romans 1:18-23, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things."

    Why is the wrath of God being revealed?

    Because of all the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men (v18). 

    What does their unrighteousness do?

    It suppresses the truth (v18). 

    What truth?

    That God's invisible attributes (namely His eternal power and divine nature) have been clearly perceived ever since the creation of the world in the things that have been made (v20).

    In other words, when we see the sun, the stars, the planets, all the things on earth that take place every moment to sustain life, it should be obvious all this didn't just happen (as many would lead us to believe today). It should actually be plain to everyone that God created everything (v19) but it's not. 

    They didn't honor Him as God (v21)
    They didn't give thanks to Him (21)

    What did they do instead?

    They became futile in their thinking (v21)

    What was the result?

    Their foolish hearts were darkened (v21)
    They became fools even though they claim to be wise (v22)
    They exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things (v23)

    All this (Romans 1:18-23) is the backdrop for what I originally shared from Romans 1:24-27 which puts the word "therefore" in Romans 1:24 into context. 

    So when God gave them up "in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves" (v24) and dishonorable passions when women exchanged natural relations with women and men committed shameful acts with other men (reviewing in themselves the due penalty for their error), the depravity didn't stop there. 

    Romans 1:29-31 says that people were FILLED with "all manner of unrighteousness" and then lists them all:

    They are gossips
    They are slanderers
    They are haters of God
    They are insolent
    They are haughty
    They are boastful
    They are inventors of evil
    They are disobedient to parents
    They are foolish
    They are faithless
    They are heartless
    They are ruthless

    And then Romans chapter 1 ends with:

    "Though they know God's righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them" (Romans 1:32).

    (I wrote the following comments when we were in the Book of Romans in March:

    It's important to us to remember homosexuality is not the only sin in the Bible. Sometimes Christians get "hung up" on homosexuality while heterosexual sin is also sin. 

    1 Corinthians 6:18 says, "Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body."

    Homosexuals need to flee. 

    Heterosexuals need to flee. 

    We should not be AFFIRMED in our sexual immorality or any other sin but encouraged to FLEE all sin as the Bible commands us to. 

    Just as homosexual is listed with other sins in Romans 1, Leviticus 18 lists homosexuality with other sin. In this chapter there are verses forbidding "uncovering nakedness" of family members, incest, beastiality, having sex with your neighbors wife and offering your children as human sacrifices. What church leader would affirm incest? What about offering children as sacrifices? Not many. But people seem perfectly okay affirming what God says specifically says is an abomination. 

    God's Moral Laws

    God's moral laws are binding forever because they are rooted in His character. While we are no longer bound by the ceremonials laws in Leviticus, (because Christ is the final sacrifice), we are bound by God's moral law which are not regulated to a particular time or place in history. 

    Sin is sin and it needs to be defined how the Bible defines it. There are many Christians who need to be reminded that gluttony is a sin and not taking care of our bodies which are the temple of the Holy Spirit is sin. There are many Christians who need to be reminded that pride and hypocrisy are a sin just as homosexuality and heterosexuals having sex outside of marriage is sin. 

    One of the main problems we face is that churches are "affirming" people IN their sin and not helping them OVERCOME their sin which is the message throughout Scripture. We can (and should) affirm our love for people while telling them the truth about sin.

    Our Focus

    Lastly, our message should not focus on sin but start with sin. Galatians 3:24 says, "So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith."

    The word "guardian" in the KJV is "schoolmaster" puts Christ's death on the cross into context (because no one has kept the law). We don't add Christ to our sinful lives but because of our sin, Christ died so that through faith we can be forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). 

    We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 3:23, Romand 5:8).

    This is the message Christians should be proclaiming. 

    This is the essence of the gospel!

  2. I don't know what I'd do without your explanations of the chapters we read each day! Sometimes the Bible can be difficult to understand, but you make it crystal clear. 

    I think learning about God's sovereignty helps me to understand much more, as well. Thank you. 

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