“So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life.”
God’s laws in Exodus and Leviticus were launching a new culture. The Israelites were moving from idol-infested Egypt to idol-infested Canaan. Creating a new culture was much harder than adopting an established one.
As God helped establish this new culture, he warned his people to leave their Egyptian experiences and artifacts behind. He also warned them how easy it would be to adopt the Canaanites’ pagan culture. Canaan’s society and religions appealed especially to sexual immorality and drunkenness. The Israelites were to keep themselves pure and set apart for God.
Part of establishing this new culture involved building good relationships. Maintaining good relations meant not having sex with just anyone. If sexual relations were out of control, God knew the people would hurt and kill one another because of them. He knew that sex was intensely personal.
If sexual abuse is part of your history, you know how much heartache it can cause. But you also need to know that God’s love for you remains unchanged. He still loves you deeply. Whatever your history, God wants to bring healing to your life through right relationships with him and others. If you or someone you know needs support, you can find more help here: https://www.holdingontohope.org/Resources.html