The Lord knew Jacob’s growing family would not stay faithful to Him if they remained among the pagan Canaanites with their many gods so He arranged their relocation to Goshen in Egypt where they grew to be a vast people, largely isolated from pagan influences. The Lord then released them from Egypt, gave them the Law, and led them back to the Promised Land.
God commanded the Israelites not to spare any of the pagan inhabitants of the land. Many today would view God’s command to slaughter the Canaanite population as unthinkably cruel. But the Lord is sovereign, the giver and taker of all life, and His wisdom is beyond our questioning. He knew accommodation and compromise with paganism and idolatry would have a deleterious effect on the Israelites. As we know, they did not heed the Lord and spared many of the Canaanites. Pagan influences inevitably made their way into the culture of God’s people. Forbidden places of worship were established in the high places. Asherah poles were erected. Israelites even sacrificed their children to the god, Molech. I could go on and on.
Despite the continual unfaithfulness of the Israelites, the Lord kept His promises by bringing a Savior into the world through them. What a God! I stand in amazement of His loving kindness, mercy, and faithfulness.
The Lord desires that Christians stay true to Him, as a loving bride stays true to her spouse. Yet we are constantly bombarded with influences and temptations that would lead us away from our Lord. Many of our accommodating and compromising church leaders have adopted the philosophies of the world. Standing up for doctrinal truth and against error is now widely frowned upon. The overriding message today is let’s all hold hands and allow each other to worship God “in our own way.” In many evangelical churches, sin is barely mentioned, if at all. These days it’s all about prosperity, positivism, and feeling good about one’s self. Those who teach a different gospel of working for salvation by being “good” are embraced as “brothers and sisters in Christ” and anyone who objects is labeled a NEGATIVE sectarian.
The Lord certainly doesn’t desire for us to be “Doomsday Dans,” always preaching a message of judgment and fire and brimstone. But we often forget that no one referred to hell more than Jesus Christ. He came to save, not to help us maximize our worldly potential. Let us cling to the true doctrine of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone as taught in God’s Word and not to play the harlot with today’s accommodating and compromising gospel of false ecumenical unity and worldly prosperity.
“Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.” – 1 Kings 18:21
“Long ago you broke off your yoke and tore off your bonds; you said, ‘I will not serve you!’ Indeed, on every high hill and under every spreading tree you lay down as a prostitute.” – Jeremiah 2:20
“For a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well. Like a bandit she lies in wait, and multiplies the unfaithful among men.” – Proverbs 23:27-28