I liked Carly’s question, “did this really have to be spelled out for people?” Yes. Yes it did. It does.
Our perversions are old news. Even the reference in 17:7 to goat demons can apply to modern day occult practices.
Our creativity has been long wasted on inventing new kinds of evil and perversion. Even the newest sex crazes are recycled.
The LORD says that their land has suffered from this sin.
“(for the men of the land who have been before you have done all these abominations, and the land has become defiled); so that the land will not spew you out, should you defile it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you.” (18:27-28)
I’m not exactly sure how that works, but I can see how it’s true. Our brokenness leads to death and suffering in unexpected areas. This is why the LORD spends so much time laying it all out for His people, pleading for obedience and trust. The fruit is rotten. There’s no lasting benefit to our indulgences.
The LORD “ruins our fun”, because it’s toxic, poisoning us to the core, seeping even into the ground.
Sadly, our disobedience in some areas is as inevitable as a gal’s monthly cycle. But thank the LORD, He’s taken it all into account. He’s made a way out; He’s made a way for us to be restored.
Reading these laws about not uncovering familial nakedness made me really wish everyone followed these. Most instances of child sexual abuse, these days, is at the hand of an immediate family member. If only everyone feared the LORD enough to resist! If you were a victim of sexual abuse, bring it to the LORD! He never wanted it for you.
The LORD isn’t intimated by our brokenness. Don’t be afraid to talk with Him about it. Pursue healing, where needed. Be a safe place for others who need to navigate these sensitive waters.