ABOMINATION IN ISRAEL

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. (Leviticus 18:21)

Leslie M. John

King Solomon committed abomination in the sight of the LORD by marrying women
from heathen nations and going after their gods and God rent his kingdom into
two. The Northern Kingdom was known as “Israel” and the Southern kingdom as
“Judah”.

There were nineteen kings in Israel and twenty in Judah. Of the
Nineteen kings of Israel every one of them did evil in the sight of the LORD,
and out of twenty kings of Judah there were only eight kings who did good in the
sight of the LORD and rest of them did evil in the sight of the LORD.

Molech was national idol of Ammonites a heathen nation. The people of this
nation offered human sacrifices to their gods. Idols and Idolatry was, and is,
abomination in the sight of the LORD. He hated everyone who worshipped idols. He
chastised the children of Israel severely, when they worshipped other gods, and
set up idols for themselves to worship them.

The first king of Israel after Solomon’s days were over, was Jeroboam. The
LORD’s command was that the children of Israel should not let any of their seed
pass through the fire to Molech and they should not profane the name of their
God. Jehovah is the LORD.

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. (Leviticus 18:21)

In order that the children of Israel may not travel to Jerusalem to worship the
true God, Jehovah at the Temple, Jeroboam the king of Northern Kingdom, which
was also called the “House of Israel” set up two golden calves, one at “Dan”,
the northern end of “House of Israel”, and another “Beth-haven” (formerly known
as “Bethel”), at the border between Northern kingdom and the Southern Kingdom;
and said to them that those golden calves were the gods who brought them out of
the bondage of slavery in Egypt.

What an ingratitude of Jeroboam, who was once a trusted official of King Solomon
that he not only revolted against Solomon, but prevented Israelites from
Northern region to worship the true God, who delivered them not only from the
bondage of slavery in Egypt, but also led them through wilderness by providing
them food and water in addition to protecting them with pillar of cloud by day
and pillar of fire by night.

Whereas the true God is Jehovah, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the
God of Jacob, it was because the children of Israel, who gave the entire credit
to the other gods and the idols that angered the LORD, who chastised them
severely; and they who won battles against mighty kings with the help of the
true God, faced utter shame when the LORD was not their help. They lost battles
to the weak nations such as “Moab” and “Edom”, who rode upon them and score
victory.

The LORD handed over the Northern Kingdom to the Assyrians, who scattered them
away from their Land. God alone knows where the “House of Israel” is at present.
The LORD handed over the Southern kingdom into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, king
of Babylon who took them captive.

The Jews (the descendants of the tribe of  Judah, and Benjamin), who were identified by the name “House of Judah”, remained in captive for seventy years, according to the word of the LORD; and returned to
their land in three phases, the first one of which was initiated by King Cyrus,
whom God chose to issue such orders.

After the crucifixion of LORD Jesus Christ the city of Jerusalem was destroyed
by Titus in 70 AD and he destroyed the city, nation of Israel and their
language, “Hebrew” became extinct fully. However, in fulfillment of the prophecy
in Ezekiel Chapters 36 and 37 they were brought back to Israel and the nation
emerged as Independent, and their language Hebrew was restored as their national
language.

It is so sad that even after God bringing them back to their land many
of them still remain as ‘atheists’ and that is the reason why the Promised Land
in full is not restored yet. They will have their Promised Land in full in the
thousand year reign of Lord Jesus Christ.

The LORD protects and keeps all those who believe in Him. It is so apt to sing
the Psalm of David:

The Lord Is My Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green
pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in
paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your
rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely
goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in
the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23, ESV)