Sacrificing Your Children

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 20 and 21.
There is a time not to sacrifice your children, and a time to sacrifice them. God told Israel that if one of them sacrificed his children to the fires of Molech, “he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones” (Leviticus 20:2). God said further, “I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name” (v. 3). This matter was so serious that if Israel ignored someone committing this sin, then God was also against those people who did not carry out the death penalty (vv. 4, 5).
How could an Israelite ever sacrifice his children to the fires of Molech? How could a woman today ever sacrifice her child in abortion? How can any parent neglect or even abandon his child? Yet, are there times when the sacrifice of a child is noble, although still extremely painful? What if there is a war that must be fought and a family allows their son to go to war? Have they not sacrificed their child? What if a child rebels against his parents and refuses to associate with them because they follow Christ? Those parents have to make the decision to follow Jesus Christ, and the result might be, that they will never see their children again. I know of situations just like this.
Never should we sacrifice our children for convenience or for false religion or many other reasons, but there may be times of nobility when it is necessary, not that we kill our children, but we may have to give them for a noble cause.

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