By Jerry Price
Retired Pastor, Spring Hill
Focal Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-12
God chose Abraham and his descendants to be His special, separate people. It was to be a unique relationship which excluded all others — made clear in commandment number two in Exodus 20:3 (see also Deuteronomy 5:7; 6:14; II Kings 17:35).
There were several reasons for that. One is that God knew the negative influences the peoples of other nations who worshiped pagan gods would have on His people. Many of those neighbors’ worship included some variation of fertility practice. Many provided their own temple prostitutes — female, male, or both. Engaging in sexual activity was said to please the fertility god or goddess and insure a bountiful harvest. [Read more…]