After our hectic month of July, we have started our normal school routine for term three. As it is when you first start school after a break, I am enjoying my studies… hopefully that feeling will last!
This week I’ve picked up my history book, The Puzzle of Ancient Man by Donald E. Chittick. I started this book early 2009, and am now maybe 2/3 through it. It’s been a hard book to read but the subject fascinates me so much that I am going to finish this book! This week he delved into the Tower of Babel and what it was actually used for.
Assuming that the people of this time were quite advanced in their thinking, opposed to being very ‘primitive’, he pointed out that the builders of the Tower of Babel would have known that making a tower reaching to heavens’ doorstop would crush the bricks at the base of the tower. Instead, he believes that ‘reaching unto the heavens’ referred to astrology, which, in turn, led to human sacrifices – something God, in many places, strictly forbade the Israelites to follow.
Although it is a fascinating idea, I was a little skeptical as to where he found this information, connecting Babel to human sacrifices. I can understand the astrology part, but what does the astrology have to do with human sacrifices? Obviously the Bible doesn’t say then and there in Genesis or else we’d all know about it!
Between Joshua and I, we came to the conclusion that when the people scattered after God confused the languages, they took their beliefs in astrology and sacrifices with them throughout the world – to Britain (Stonehenge), Zimbabwe, Mediterranean Sea, and Canaan. When the Israelites entered Canaan, God clearly instructed them that they were not to make their children to walk through the fire like the Canaanites did to their god Molech (see Leviticus 18:21). The Bible mightn’t say anything about astrology exactly, but you can see the link.
I spent Monday morning researching this, and since the internet was down for a while, I did it the ole fashioned way, using Strong’s and the Bible. I hadn’t heard about Molech before, so I did some research about him, and found out that he was the god of the Ammonites (the founder of which was Lots’ son/grandson). In Zephaniah 1:5, God says he was going to destroy “[T]hem that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;” (KJV) After looking up some words from the verse in Strong’s you could actually see the how the verse relates to worshipping the sun, stars, and moons. The god Milcom was also called Malcham, Milcom, Molech and Malcham. How fascinating is that!
So! That’s been a highlight of my week!