Law against sacrificing children to Moloch, Of children that
curse their parents. (1-9) Laws repeated, Holiness enjoined.
Are we shocked at the unnatural cruelty of the ancient
idolaters in sacrificing their children? We may justly be so.
But are there not very many parents, who, by bad teaching and
wicked examples, and by the mysteries of iniquity which they
show their children, devote them to the service of Satan, and
forward their everlasting ruin, in a manner even more to be
lamented? What an account must such parents render to God, and
what a meeting will they have with their children at the day of
judgment! On the other hand, let children remember that he who
cursed father or mother was surely put to death. This law Christ
confirmed. Laws which were made before are repeated, and
penalties annexed to them. If men will not avoid evil practices,
because the law has made these practices sin, and it is right
that we go on that principle, surely they should avoid them when
the law has made them death, from a principle of
self-preservation. In the midst of these laws comes in a general
charge, Sanctify yourselves, and be ye holy. It is the Lord that
sanctifies, and his work will be done, though it be difficult.
Yet his grace is so far from doing away our endeavours, that it
strongly encourages them. Work out your salvation, for it is God
that worketh in you.
These verses repeat what had been said before, but it was
needful there should be line upon line. What praises we owe to
God that he has taught the evil of sin, and the sure way of
deliverance from it! May we have grace to adorn the doctrine of
God our Saviour in all things; may we have no fellowship with
unfruitful works of darkness, but reprove them.