Today the Lord tells His people not to be like the people in Egypt where they left nor like the people in Canaan where they are going. He instructs the Israelites not to uncover the nakedness of their father, mother, sister, aunt, uncle, etc. He also tells them not to lay with a man as a woman and don’t have sex with animals. 🤔 I wonder why He has to tell them this? Oh. That’s right. It’s bc the people around them are doing all these things. “Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you”. Remember the Canaanites were cursed as a result of whatever Ham did to naked Noah. Well they apparently continued in their sexual sin.
The Lord goes on to tell them how to treat one another including the poor, blind, deaf, and strangers. God commands His people to be honest, fair, and kind to one another. He says “…you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord”. God wants His people to be holy and a light in this dark world to draw others into His presence.
We will see down the road a Canaanite harlot is drawn into the light and ends up in the lineage of Jesus Christ! Keep reading bc tomorrow we find out what happens if the Israelites don’t obey God’s commandments.