I’ve always had an understanding that the laws for sexual purity were about an abstract idea of holiness, that there were moral ways to behave, and that we shouldn’t defile ourselves by acting a certain way. And there probably is a strong basis for it, “Be holy for I am holy” and “The sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”
But this chapter gives me something else to think about: maybe part of being holy is caring about what God cares about – the family. That he cares not only that His people were sacrificing to another god, but specifically that they were sacrificing their children. That the family, one of the first if not the first institution He creates, is so important to Him, His plans for human flourishing, so fundamental to the way He designed creation, that He makes laws designed to protect it: protecting children from being sacrificed for their parents’ benefit, honoring the parents who live to lovingly serve their children, and honoring the sanctity of a covenant-union between spouses.
And maybe that’s another thing God is doing during this season: turning the hearts of the fathers to their children and the children to their fathers.