Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 20:1 through Leviticus 22:33
When I first saw the phrase “spiritual prostitution,” I thought it meant being unfaithful to God. The more I thought about it the more I realized spiritual prostitution is much bigger than unfaithfulness because a spiritual prostitute isn’t just unfaithful, they actually sell their affection in exchange for something.
We have two examples of spiritual prostitution in Leviticus 20. God warned through Moses that these sins would be punished by death:
- Sacrificing their children to a pagan God
- Putting their trust in mediums or in those who consult the spirits of the dead
Our God is a jealous God.
- Exodus 20:5
You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.
- Exodus 34:14
You must worship no other gods, for the Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.
Dr. Dell Tackett, who leads the Truth Project gives a great definition for El Qanna is the Hebrew word for “a jealous God.” God’s jealousy is not the same as our jealousy. God’s jealousy is a zeal that arises when sin threatens His covenant relationship with us. I love this explanation!
We may not sacrifice our children to pagan gods or consult mediums and spirits of the dead but do we “do” or “not do” things that threaten God’s covenant relationship with us?
Here are just a few pagan gods that I deal with:
Too many times I would rather focus on, enjoy and give my affection to these needs or pleasures than to pursue God the way He wants me to. Is this “spiritual prostitution” that God was talking about?
Dear Heavenly Father, I want to be as jealous and protective of our relationship as You are! Reveal the areas in my life that I’m allowing to be more important than you. Amen and Amen!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 23:1 through Leviticus 25:23