Summary: God’s call for holiness living
Stephan Kirby, Pastor, House of Prayer Baptist Church, Louisville KY
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy: I am the Lord your God. And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you. Leviticus 20:7-8
Sanctify – to bless, to consecrate, to dedicate, to purify, to anoint
Now that God has established with us a new place of worship, He is now calling us to Holiness – consecrating ourselves and living our lives acceptable to Him. In order to achieve this, it means that we must change, change our way of thinking, change our attitudes, change our lifestyles, and change whatever is not in accordance with God’s way. Not only ourselves, but also our families. They too must live in accordance with God’s way. We must be examples for those in our households. We who are parents must teach our children the ways of the Lord and not allow our children to participate in ungodly activities.
In the 20th Chapter of Leviticus, the Lord is speaking to Moses and saying, again, the children of Israel are not to live as the heathen do and are not to give their children to false gods. That’s our problem today, we want to do what the world is doing, instead of what God is calling us to do. We find acceptable the ways of the world; compromise has become second nature. But God clearly says that this type of living leads to destruction and exclusion from Him, “he shall be put to death…stone him with stones…I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off…” (verses 2-3).
The Israelites were worshipping an idol god by the name of Molech. Molech also called “Moloch” and “Milcom” was an idol god of the national god of the Ammonites, to whom children were sacrificed by fire. He was the so-called consuming and destroying fire and also at the same time, the purifying fire. A god worshiped by the wives of Solomon, and by Solomon himself (1 Kings 11:1-8). Molech means, “king”, and when you place anything before God it becomes your king. In Amos 5:26, “your Moloch” of the King James Version is “your king” in the Revised Version. When we allow our children and even ourselves become part of worldly pleasures, and compromise God’s goodness, we sacrifice to Molech. Again, that is the quickest way to separation from God (verses 4, 5, and 6).
So God offers us help, refuge, sanctity and calls us… “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy!”
Make up in your mind that you are going to stop allowing Molech to devastate your life. Make up in your mind that you are going to stop allowing Molech to ruin your home. Make up in your mind that you are going to stop allowing Molech to devour your children. Molech did not create you. Molech did not wake you up this morning. Molech did not feed, clothe, and protect you. Stop giving Molech your time! Therefore sanctify yourself – therefore bless yourself, therefore consecrate yourself, therefore dedicate yourself, therefore purify yourself, therefore anoint yourself and become what God is calling you to be…HOLY!
“I am the Lord your God!” I am the one who delivered you from bondage… I am to be respected and revered! I am the Lord your God, I am the one who provides and protects you… I am to be praised and adored! I am the Lord your God, I am the one who created everything out of nothing… I am to be honored and exhalted…