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What Does The Bible Say About Molech?

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Names from ancient times often have several variations—largely because different cultures had different spellings and so on. Therefore, Molech is sometimes spelled Moloch or Molek. He is also sometimes known as Baal, although Baal could have been a reference to any false god. Some trace the origin of this idol to the Phoenicians, who had a god they referred to as “mlk.” The Hebrew people would add “eth” to a name to indicate shame, such as Ashtoreth or Molech (a variation of eth). “Melek” in Hebrew is a word for “king.” So, you will see some references to the “king of shame” when researching Molech. Molech was the reigning god of many tribes surrounding the Israelites in ancient times. In the Bible, Molech is associated with the Canaanites. Molech was depicted as a human body with a bull’s head. His statue was usually made of bronze with arms outstretched and a belly that opened to serve as a furnace. A particularly disturbing practice of Molech worship was infant or child sacrifice. Families allowed children to “pass through the fire” or be burned alive to Molech to secure favor and prosperity. Leviticus 18:21 ESV reads, “You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.” Moses was preparing the Israelites to enter the land of Canaan, and God issued stern warnings about engaging in their evil practices…(READ MORE)

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