TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
"I am the LORD thy God
… have no other gods before me."
WHERE IS BIBLICAL SEPARATION?
Biblical separation is one of the most neglected doctrines of the Scriptures. It is not a denominational distinctive but a command from God’s Word to separate from what is unholy and unclean. The basic foundation is God’s perfect holiness!
The individual tribes were expected to occupy their respective assigned land portions; nonetheless, not one tribe succeeded in subjugating all the territories allotted to them. They needed to conquer the lands. But instead of conquering, they were subdued by the influence of the heathen gods of the nations. Their apostasy was a necessary consequence of their friendly attitude towards the Canaanites who were left in the land. The root cause of the apostasy was the failure of the previous generation to separate from the heathen nations around them. They did not listen to the warnings of God!
The worship of idols is one of the three immutable absolutes prohibited in the Jewish system of ethics (incest and murder being the other two). The first two commandments of the Decalogue prohibit the worship of any other gods as well as images (Exod 20:1-5). It was clear to the children of God that their worship of other gods deserved the wrath of the LORD their God. Yet, they did not take heed of God’s commands but embraced instead the heathen idols of the nations around them.
They disobeyed the LORD when they made leagues with idolaters. Their failure to separate resulted in their failure to properly teach the Word of God to their children. Lack or absence of biblical instruction produced a generation who knew not the LORD nor the great works that He had wrought upon them and their forefathers. They forgot how Moses and Joshua commanded them to continually teach the Word to their children (Deut 6 and Josh 8).
THOUGHT: Do I obey God’s command of Biblical Separation?
PRAYER: "Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" (Ps 29:2).