“Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.” (Leviticus 18:19)
We’ve already looked at the health risks involved as a result of the woman’s body flushing potential hazards during her period and her responsibility to protect others. Her partner shares responsibility for preventing the spread of possible disease.
“Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.” (Leviticus 18:20)
This is the specific meaning of the commandment. There was a saying a saying to the effect that when you had sex with someone, you were having sex with everyone else they had been with. It referred to the fact that in the process you were exposed to all the diseases they had been exposed to as a result of promiscuous sex. Promiscuous sex can lead to one carrying and spreading a disease they don’t even know they have. This is the first form of defilement. It is only a potential risk.
The second form of defilement is more invidious, and always occurs. The root word for adultery is to adulterate, meaning to make inferior, to dilute, pollute, or counterfeit. As we have already seen, the sex act produces a psychological and emotional bond. Promiscuous sex dilutes and pollutes that bond. Some have used adhesive tape to illustrate what happens. The first time you use the tape it sticks very firmly, but each time it is removed, it retains dirt and oil from the surface, which reduces the ability to stick to the next surface. Eventually, it will not stick at all. Sex outside the marriage has the same effect on the emotional bonding. It weakens the ability to love.
Much of the earlier section dealt with uncovering the nakedness, or just looking. In Matthew 5:27-28, Jesus said, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” What he is saying is that nudity or pornography have a similar psychological and emotional effect as the physical act. They mess up the emotions and mental attitudes.
“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.” (Leviticus 18:21)
Several of the cultures around them worshipped the idol Molech. In an effort to get him to get him to give them their way, they would burn their children to death. Clearly they placed getting their own way above the Children God had given them. It is the same attitude as we see in many abortions today. Profane means of the earth. To profane the name of God means literally to place him on the same level as the things of earth. Casually destroying children he has given us as just a natural thing is one way of profaning or disrespecting God.
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.” (Leviticus 18:22-23)
Genesis 2:18-22 describes the creation of the woman. “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”
None of the animals were suitable for man’s mate. God specifically designed the woman for that role. Homosexuality, lesbianism, and bestiality all profane or demean God by replacing his plan with something else. Many today claim homosexual tendencies are genetic, but a study of Mendel’s laws, and other genetic principles proves that to be scientifically impossible. The lack of understanding of those scientific principles are the only reason such a claim can be seriously considered.
Homosexual activity is forced to indulge in either oral or anal sex, and both pose serious health risks. Neither the mouth or the anus are equipped with a system specifically designed for protecting against diseases carried in semen. Many harmful organisms can survive in the mouth for extended periods and can be transmitted by it. The anus routinely excretes many harmful organisms. Oral sex often damages the lining of the colon and the anal opening, exposing both people to infection by such organisms carried in fecal mater.
Almost all of the sexually transmitted diseases(STDs) have been linked to sexual intercourse between humans and animals. They involve organisms that occur naturally in the animal but natural systems protect the animal from them. Humans do not have such natural protection and it results in disease.
Finally, both homosexual activity and bestiality counterfeit the natural sexual experience, and produce a distorted form of bonding that many mistake for the real thing. Promiscuous behavior dilutes the counterfeit bonding just as it does in the natural one, with even more severe problems.
“Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.” (Leviticus 18:24-25)
Accepting these sexual behaviors had caused both emotional and mental health issues, as well as physical problems that led to their cultures being destroyed and the loss of their lands and freedom. God himself caused this to happen, and it was like a disease that caused the land to vomit them out. Israel needed to be aware of he danger.
“Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you: (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;) That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.
For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 18:26-30)
The same standards applied to the Jews as to the other groups. If they practiced these behaviors, it would have the same result on them as on the peoples before them. To protect themselves and be sure they didn’t adopt some of these practices of the people before them, Israel needed to follow God’s ordinances. They had the right and the responsibility to demand that people who lived in their land live by their standards.