In Canaan, the promised land… the land of milk and honey, those people displaced had no problem with their own fecundity, fertility, but there was a god known as Molech. To pay homage to it, with the unwanted lives [babies] caused from pleasures abandon, babies were placed lovingly(?) in its arms. There was no such thing as abortion in this time… no debate as to: definition of fetal tissue being the beginnings of human life, ‘Reproductive Rights’ or regard for what came from the womb being human. The point of this is to show the lack of concern for human life stems from practices and viewpoints within a culture… for true to heart of any issue is where the heart, or lack of having one, shows contempt or import to life and the least among us (the young). This is where we will see for ourselves our condition, brought about by conditioning of mind, where children and infants are seen as being in the way or being valuable. What treasures children are to a thriving society… but hinderances when thoughts of selfishness entertain the pleasures of the flesh over the importance life has and should hold to us all.
How Canaan looked.
I will show you a few of the descriptions to Molech… using various definitions and from varied sources below.
Molech (mō′lĕk′, mŏl′ək) n., [Variant of Moloch]
god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom parents sacrificed their children.
1. an ancient Phoenician and Ammonite god, to whom children were sacrificed by burning.
This but one image of Moloch.
I found a very generously informed site, one of great importance and filled with information coming from scripture itself. See for yourself below… with an abstract from it.
Into the hands of what… where no value is given to human life at all.
[Molech was often used in the Old Testament as a variant name
for the popular god Baal (“Lord”). Molech is associated with the gold calves, or molten calf (Exo 32:8, Lev 19:4, 2 Kings 10:28-29) and Molech was depicted as a calf faced god with his hands stretched out before him to receive the seed offering. Sexual intercourse with temple prostitutes and anyone else was encouraged, ostensibly to promote increased agricultural production and fertility by arousing the gods to have sex Lev 18:21-24, Lev 20:2-5. The giving of the seed, both literally and ceremoniously would be like giving your child to god. Later in the days of Israel’s divided kingdom a site for this practice was established. Solomon and later Ahaz introduced the worship of Molech into Judah. He had a sanctuary outside Jerusalem in the valley of Hinnom south of Jerusalem called Topheth (once Tophet), associated with the worship of Molech. Tophet became a name for hell.
Molech, or Moloch, which signifies “king,” was the idol of the Ammonites. His statue was of brass, and rested on a pedestal or throne of the same metal. His head, resembling that of a calf, was adorned with a crow, and his arms were extended in the attitude of embracing those who approached him. His devotees dedicated their children to him; and when this was to be done, they heated the statue to a high pitch of intensity by a fire within, and then the infants were either shaken over the flames, or passed through the ignited arms, by way of lustration to ensure the favor of the pretended deity. The fire-worshippers asserted that all children who did not undergo this purifying process would die in infancy; and the influence of this Zabian superstition was still so extensively prevalent in the days of Moses, that the divine lawgiver judged it necessary to prohibit it by an express statute.
neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God–by giving it to false or pretended divinities; or, perhaps, from this precept standing in close connection with the worship of Molech, the meaning rather is, Do not, by devoting your children to him, give foreigners occasion to blaspheme the name of your God as a cruel and sanguinary deity, who demands the sacrifice of human victims, and who encourages cruelty in his votaries.
in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you -Ancient history gives many appalling proofs that the enormous vices described in this chapter were very prevalent, nay, were regularly practised from religious motives in the temples of Egypt and the groves of Canaan; and it was these gigantic social disorders that occasioned the expulsion, of which the Israelites were, in the hands of a righteous and retributive Providence, the appointed instruments ( Genesis 15:16 ). The strongly figurative language of “the land itself vomiting out her inhabitants” [ Leviticus 18:25 ], shows the hopeless depth of their moral corruption… indeed, the extermination of the ancient Canaanites is described as owing to the abominations with which they had polluted the land.
Furthermore, this abstract comes from a book by Josef Stern- see below…
- Stern, Josef, “Maimonides on Amalek, Self-Corrective Mechanisms, and the War against Idolatry” in Judaism and modernity: the religious philosophy of David Hartman, David Hartman, Jonathan W. Malino (Eds), Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2004 page 360-362
“The example concerns the set of biblical commandments … centered on Amalek, the ancient nation that ambushed Israel during the Exodus from Egypt… What does it mean to ‘blot out the name of Amalek’? We have evidence of what this meant for biblical Israel … where the commandment is taken literally to mean: destroy by actually killing every Amalekite, man, woman, and child…. Some rabbis allegorize Amalek, taking it as a eupemism for the evil inclination; others have it symbolize the enemies of Israel throughout history; yet others make it the personification of evil…. There are also more specific historical identifications of the people of Amalek. It is well known that in medieval rabbinic literature Esau, and his land Edom, are typologically identified with Rome and, in turn, with Christianity. It is less widely known that Amalek … also came to be conflated with his ancestor and identified with Rome and then Christianity. By the early medieval period, the descendants of the ancient nation of Amalek were identified by some Jewish authors as the Armenians…. Jewish authors could put a biblical face on this overarching foe by identifying it with Amalek and find hope for ultimate victory in the biblical promise that ‘God is at war with Amalek from generation to generation’ (Ex. 17:16).”
Credence to the thought Armenians are modern day Amalekites is supported by celebration/commemoration of Haman’s death, on the feast of Purim, and the lighting of candles for Haman’s memory.
The Festival of Purim has now been celebrated for twenty three centuries, year after year, generation after generation. To the enemies of the Jewish People, the Hamans of all ages, the festival of Purim is a solemn and timely warning.
Considered an archetype of evil and persecutor of the Jews, Haman’s attempt to destroy the Jewish people in Persia, under Xerxes, can also be associated with: disrespect to life, the desire to do another in and seen as ‘the embodiment of selfishness’ vs. a self-abnegation taught in Islam- especially understood as ‘Qurbani’ (sacrifice). It is because of what Haman did, trying to wipeout the Jewish people, any time a group of people seem to be found in opposition to peace with God’s chosen people or the land of Israel itself… this is referred to as being of Amalek. The difference between something done under guise of deceit (by pretense) or in the open is as different as night and day. With radical Islam on the rise (on an ascendency) with sacrifice of those they oppose [currently: christians unwilling to submit to Allah, Jews or even a different sect of Muslim believer], once more does human sacrifice rear its ugly head and needs to be called today what it is- not what some would have you think it is. I’ve never heard of a ‘peaceable slaughter’… have you?
Coming to you from the Hamas Charter itself, a sanctioned group of Moslems (by sanctioned I mean ‘recognized’ as a legitimate organization), I give you their own words and ideals to consider… before you’ll also be asked to submit to them yourself. You have but one question to ask yourself before this… Is this coming from man or God, when in the Bible it tells us God gives us ‘free will’ to decide (God wants our choice to be willingly offered and not forced on us)? If submission to Allah is the goal of this jihadic movement, wiping out all other competition, does this not cause annihilation to become the equivalent of life- the goal?
[These words come by way of the Hamas Charter, see it for your self HERE]
From Article Twenty-Eight (in abstract):
Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims.
Below comes from Article Six (in abstract):
When the Faith wanes, there is no security
There is no this-worldliness for those who have no faith
Those who wish to live their life without religion
Have made annihilation the equivalent of life.
Muslim poet, Muhammad Iqbal
From Article Two (in abstract): …characterized by a profound understanding, by precise notions and by a complete comprehensiveness of all concepts of Islam in all domains of life: views and beliefs, politics and economics, education and society, jurisprudence and rule, indoctrination and teaching, the arts and publications, the hidden and the evident, and all the other domains of life.
Below is the slogan of Hamas…
“Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most sublime belief.”
Can this be a carry-over of the ideas, ideals or actions of the original Amalekites… for surely this does not seem to be of the Abrahamic Covenant., of the Covenant made between God and Abraham himself. Found in three parts is the Abrahamic Covenant fully disclosed [NOT HIDDEN]: … to make Abraham a great nation and bless him, … to give Abraham’s descendants a home, later called ‘the promised land’ or the land of Israel and … to make Abraham the Father of many nations. The last one refers to,”all the land of Canaan (currently Israel) and that He (the Hebrew God) will be their God.
[PLEASE NOTE: at the time of this writing… Hamas has removed from their Charter the call for Israel’s destruction]
[Below is an abstract from this article, informed and concise in detail… especially coming with: scriptural points of interest, Jewish perspective, information on Amalekites and Purim.]
The Jewish Cabalistic book the Zohar, Volume I, 25a-25b, states that peoples other than the Jews will be exterminated when the Jews form a state in Palestine,
‘But as ‘tohu and bohu‘ gave place to light, so when God reveals Himself they will be wiped off the earth. But withal redemption will not be complete until Amalek will be exterminated, for against Amalek the oath was taken that ‘the Lord will have war against Amalek from generation to generation’ (Ex. xvii, 16).'[H. Sperling and M. Simon, The Zohar, Volume 1, The Soncino Press, New York, (1933), p. 100.]
I find it a very curious event… to know Herod the was an Edomite (from Idumea… [Greek] often confused as being Jewish by the Romans) and tried to kill Jesus when He was a baby.
Herod the great was an Edomite, from Idumea.
The overt slaughter of all male children in Judea was ordered by Herod to prevent the ‘King of the Jews’ coming to power. Little did he know that this prophecy will not become complete until ‘the second coming of Jesus,’ the time His Kingdom will be (as foretold in scripture) eternal.
Leviticus 18:21 KJV And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
2 Kings 23:10 KJV And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.
Jeremiah 32:35 KJV And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
The connection between all of this is a very real viewpoint… a very real disregard for: life in general, false assumptions [based on personal opinions of oneself or another’s], disassociation with then and now [a time differential] and the desire to see anything but one’s own truth. The truth we should be concerned with, in this life, is God’s. God will always give you the choice… but we will either suffer the consequences for it or be found with the grace of God- for having been obedient and faithful to His word.
the souls that commit them shall be cut off–-This strong denunciatory language is applied to all the crimes specified in the chapter without distinction: to incest as truly as to bestiality, and to the eleven cases of affinity [ Leviticus 18:7-16 ], as fully as to the six of consanguinity [ Leviticus 18:17-20 ]. Death is the punishment sternly denounced against all of them. No language could be more explicit or universal; none could more strongly indicate intense loathing and abhorrence.
Ephesians 1:4 KJV According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Predestinated–more special in respect to the end and precise means, than “chosen” or elected. We are “chosen” out of the rest of the world; “predestinated” to all things that secure the inheritance for us ( Ephesians 1:11 , Romans 8:29 ). “Foreordained.”
He had one only-begotten Son, and He was pleased for His own glory, to choose out of a lost world many to become His adopted sons. Translate, “unto Himself.”
the good pleasure of his will–So the Greek ( Matthew 11:26 , Luke 10:21 ). We cannot go beyond “the good pleasure of His will” in searching into the causes of our salvation, or of any of His works ( Ephesians 1:9 ). ( Job 33:13 .) Why needest thou philosophize about an imaginary world of optimism? Thy concern is to take heed that thou be not bad. There was nothing in us which deserved His love ( Ephesians 1:1 Ephesians 1:9 Ephesians 1:11 ) [BENGEL].
With respect to choice [literally] and free will to decide our future… God grants us this freedom. What many fail to understand is this one aspect to the choice- God already knows who will decide [willingly] to accept Him as their God. Care for life, the life He grants you, and show you can make your own mind up (in the face of His omniscience) and nor forsake Him through idolatry or idol worship. Protect your own as God has shown He will, making a stand for those He cares for- love is more than feeling… it is a willing choice and those that value life will protect it at all costs.
John 3:16 KJV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Colossians 2:4-9 4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
As it comes to sacrifice, a tenet required of Jewish worship, there has already been made a sacrifice for everyone, proclaimed by John the Baptist…
John 1:29 KJV The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Revelation 5:12 KJV Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Revelation 22:19 KJV And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
When you accept Him as being God incarnate [Jesus] then you will be written into, by name, the Lamb’s book of life. Have you been accepted by God as being one of His own… and done from a willing heart? I pray you will think about where you will spend eternity, with Him or without Him- conscious and aware every second. (D.V.)
Your Brother in Christ Jesus,
Genesis 2:7 KJV And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.