While reading the Word of God today, I was struck by these verses in the Holy Scriptures. These sobering verses lets us know that God is sovereign overall; He will have mercy upon whom He will have mercy, but all evil doers will give an account for their lives to our Holy God.
19 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon. All the others they took in battle. 20 For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that He might utterly destroy them, and that they might receive no mercy, but that He might destroy them, as the Lord had commanded Moses. Joshua 11:19-20
In a previous post we saw the matter of God’s mercy to the Gibeonites expressed through the leaders of Israel making a treaty with them without inquiring of the Lord. The Gibeonites, because of their duplicity, were then to be slaves for the nation of Israel, cutting wood and carrying water for the people of Israel. Being alive even in their current state was so much better than meeting the fate of the rest of the Amorites.
4 But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. Ecclesiastes 9:4
God’s holiness demanded the destruction of these wicked people. He had foretold Abraham that He would give the land to Abraham’s descendants, but there would be a delay to the fulfilling of the promise because God was waiting for the proper time to administer judgment upon the Amorites.
13 Then He said to Abram, “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. 14 And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” Genesis 15:13-16
The Amorites were sinners who engaged in the most egregious acts of wickedness. God, in His holiness, could not keep from pouring out His hot anger and judgment upon them. We know they were depraved sinners because the catalogue of their sins was presented to the people of Israel as the acts they were prohibited from committing. We find this list of sinful wickedness in the eighteenth chapter of Leviticus.
1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. 3 According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. 4 You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. 5 You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord. 6 None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the Lord. The nakedness of your father or the nakedness of your mother you shall not uncover. She is your mother; you shall not uncover her nakedness. 8 The nakedness of your father’s wife you shall not uncover; it is your father’s nakedness. 9 The nakedness of your sister, the daughter of your father, or the daughter of your mother, whether born at home or elsewhere, their nakedness you shall not uncover. 10 The nakedness of your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter, their nakedness you shall not uncover; for theirs is your own nakedness. 11 The nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter, begotten by your father—she is your sister—you shall not uncover her nakedness. 12 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s sister; she is near of kin to your father. 13 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister, for she is near of kin to your mother. 14 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s brother. You shall not approach his wife; she is your aunt. 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.’” Leviticus 18:1-16
The Amorites who lived in the land promised to Abraham and his descendants were engaged in all manner of incest. They were having sex with mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers-in-law. They were depraved wicked sinners bound for God’s just judgment. But their depravity didn’t stop there, for the litany continues in Leviticus.
17 ‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, nor shall you take her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter, to uncover her nakedness. They are near of kin to her. It is wickedness. 18 Nor shall you take a woman as a rival to her sister, to uncover her nakedness while the other is alive. 19 Also you shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness as long as she is in her customary impurity. 20 Moreover you shall not lie carnally with your neighbor’s wife, to defile yourself with her. 21 And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you 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 Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion. 24 Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. 25 For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants.’” Leviticus 18:17-25
The list of wickedness that the Amorites were engaged in shows they were an exceedingly perverse, corrupt, and heartless people. They did not have normal human affection nor did they consider any practice as off limits. We are witnesses to the same sort of evil behavior corrupting our nation and invading the visible church. It is becoming a disturbing fact that anything which a sinner imagines is now condoned by society. The only thing our depraved society rejects is godly men and women warning sinners that their behavior is corrupting our nation and welcoming the judgment of God. We must be warned that the judgment of God is also sure against sinners within the visible church. The remainder of Leviticus chapter eighteen warns God’s children to obey and follow Him.
26 ‘You shall therefore keep My statues and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you 27 (for all these abominations the men of the land have done, who were before you, and thus the land is defiled), 28 lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you. 29 For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people. 30 Therefore you shall keep My ordinance, so that you do not commit any of these abominable customs which were committed before you, and that you do not defile yourselves by them: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 18:26-30
God’s curse rests on all evil-doers. Trying to normalize sin in any nation only brings national judgment upon the people. The visible church accepting perversion only further corrupts the nation and increases the certainty of God’s judgment falling upon the people. However, we see that even in the surety of God’s just judgment there is the possibility for God’s grace to deliver sinners from their sin and eternal damnation in fiery hell. Just like the Gibeonites who importuned the leaders of Israel for a treaty, warned sinners can repent of their sins and beseech the God of heaven for His grace to cover, deliver and save them from their sins.
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
It may seem impossible that wicked depraved sinners will ever repent of their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ, but we must remember the Word of God and what Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior said about salvation. God is well able to save any sinner who repents of their sin and puts their faith in Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior. Sinner, repent of your sin and believe in Jesus Christ Who died upon the cross for your sins and rose from the dead for your justification, for He will save any and all who believe in Him.
23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:23-26
34 “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’….41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:’” Matthew 25:34 & 41
Heavenly Father, open the hearts of any and every sinner who hears Your Word and understands their dire predicament. May they repent of their sin and put their faith in Your Son Jesus Christ. May You do this for Your praise and glory. Amen!