Lev 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they will surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
Lev 20:14 If a man takes a woman and her mother also, it is an immoral act; he and they will be burned with fire, that there may be no immorality among you.
Lev 20:15 If a man lies with an animal, he will surely be put to death, and you will kill the animal.
Lev 20:16 If a woman approaches any animal and lies with it, you will kill the woman and the animal; they will surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
no immorality among you
Immoral sexual acts carried the death penalty in the Israelite community because the whole community had covenanted with the LORD to be pure and holy, reflecting his purity and holiness. Today, people look at texts like this, and hold them up as examples of cruel and inhumane punishment — examples of a barbaric religious extremism. But God gave these rules to his people to protect life, not to destroy it. What he wanted was a pure community so that all the lives could be protected and enjoy his best. The nations all around them were in decline and the land was expelling them because of their immorality. The only way to preserve their lives was for the Israelites to live differently.
A social battle is being waged within our societies, and within our churches today. We are being pressured to accept immoral actions and lifestyles as normal and healthy. Every time we do, we actually lose ground in the battle. The only way to prevent disaster is to establish communities of faith — and morality.
LORD, give us the courage to be morally pure.