Lev 18:24 “Do not make yourselves contaminated by any of these things, because by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become contaminated,
Lev 18:25 and the land became contaminated, so that I punished its violation, and the land vomited out those who stayed there.
Lev 18:26 But you will keep my prescriptions and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the foreign guest who is a temporary resident among you
Lev 18:27 (because the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became contaminated),
Lev 18:28 or else the land will vomit you out when you make it contaminated, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.
Lev 18:29 Because everyone who does any of these abominations, the souls who do them will be eliminated from among their people.
Lev 18:30 So keep my charge never to practise any of these abominable prescriptions that were practised before you, and never to make yourselves contaminated by them: I am Yahveh your God.”
The sins categorised in Leviticus 18 sound like a list of extreme sexual and religious deviations, except for the phrase “these abominable prescriptions” in verse 30. That phrase indicates that all these things were actual prescribed practises in Canaanite religion. Such was the depravity in this land, which had become so vile that God said the land itself vomited its people out.
The Israelites were charged to be different. To respect God’s limits and discipline themselves sexually, and hold to the rules of the covenant with integrity.
LORD, make us a people of integrity and personal holiness. Purge us of anything that offends you.