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Home The Light Articles from 2006 Moleck... A Sin Against the Child

Moleck... A Sin Against the Child

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Molech, (or Molek) was the chief god of the Phoenicians, and Canaanites, mentioned as the god of the Ammonites, Western Semitic, probably known to the Israelites before King Solomon. Molech in the Old Testament was an idol image. Human sacrifices were offered to him, mainly firstborn children. The victims were slowly burned to death in the out­stretched arms of this idol, which were metal, hollow and could be heated from the inside. Parents would sacrifice their children to this god and watch without showing emotion or care. A fire was lit inside of the idol which would turn it's arms white from the heat. When they were at this level of heat, the parents would come with their children, lay them on the arms of the idol and watch while their child burned. The onlookers would beat drums as loud as they could so the cries of the child could not be heard. This would keep going until the child finally died. Some say they fell into the fire below to die.
Manasech offered his son to Molech. Solomon erected an altar to this god on one of the summits of Mount Olivet (1 Kings 11:7). This idol worship continued there and in Tophet until Josiah abol­ished it and defiled the altars (2 Kings 23:30). Molech was also worshipped in Carthage, where it is said, at one time about 200 little boys were sacrificed in hopes of saving that city from siege.
God said through Moses, "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). "Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Who­soever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the peo­ple of the land shall stone him with stones" (Leviticus 20:2).
This sacrificing of children to Molech is called by God, an abomination. But is there not a parallel today in the "fires" of neglect and abuse—the burning knowl­edge of the children that they are un­loved and unwanted. These sins are devastating to a child, equally an abomi­nation in God's sight. Yet they too often are passed over by outside family mem­bers who can clearly observe the loveless way a child is being treated. The sin is ignored because families "don't want to deal with it—don't want to get involved." If it was a horrible sin to pass the inno­cent child through the fires of Molech in the days of this idolatry, why is it not equally a sin to force a child through the fires of abuse, whether physical or men­tal? Which is worse, to die in a moment in the arms of Molech, or to emotionally perish in anguish and self-contained grief, feeling unloved and emotionally abandoned, and this repeatedly, over and over, in the years where parents have no time to love and nurture these little ones. Adults cannot always emphasize with constantly feeling unloved and un­wanted—they often move on, while the neglected child has no place to go.
How many children, who should be able to trust adults and depend on us for their safety and protection, are hurting for want of security in their lives? Par­enthood is not a right to maintain our own security in the family while the children are left to do the best they can.
But the burial of normal parental love and its attendant abuse, with many, be­gins far earlier than the years of child­hood. Four thousand children in the USA, every day, are subjected to the ultimate in abuse... they are murdered by the mother and her accomplice, usually a medical doctor. This doesn't alter her being a mother, but instead of a mother of a living child, she has, by choice, opted to be a mother of a dead child. How horrible; how unthinkable.
This often happens because adults simply don't want to face such a huge intrusion into their lives. Parenthood is a responsibility to children, a charge firstly to bear them, then from birth to protect them, train them, and to keep them safe. What sort of relationship can there be with God for someone who has so violated a child?
The fires of Molech in the twenty-first century? Yes, I'm afraid so. Accepted, defended, and in some cases, legislated in favor of. God have mercy. —Adapted


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