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The Practice of Februation among the Children of Yisra’el

Author Stephen Pidgeon - Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Some people have said that the bible teaches human sacrifice or infant sacrifice.  Let’s see what is actually said.

Vayiqra (Leviticus) 18:21

And you shall not let any of your seed pass through the fire to Molek, neither shall you profane the name of your ELOHIYM: I am YAHUAH.

Vayiqra (Leviticus) 20:2-5

AND YAHUAH spoke unto Mosheh, saying, 2 Again, you shall say to the children of Yisra’el, Whosoever he be of the children of Yisra’el, or of the strangers that sojourn in Yisra’el, that gives any of his seed unto Molek; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he has given of his seed unto Molek, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name. 4 And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he gives of his seed unto Molek, and kill him not: 5 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molek, from among their people.

Notwithstanding this edict prohibiting the sacrificing of children in the ritual of februation, the house of Yisra’el has always found great difficulty in avoiding this practice.

Melekiym Rishon (1 Kings) 11:1-8

BUT king Shalomah loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Phar`oh, women of the Mo’aviym, Ammoniym, Edomiym, Tsiydoniym, and Chittiym; 2 Of the nations concerning which YAHUAH said unto the children of Yisra’el, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Shalomah clave unto these in love. 3 And he had seven hundred women, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his women turned away his heart. 4 For it came to pass, when Shalomah was old, that his women turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with YAHUAH his ELOHIYM, as was the heart of David his father. 5 For Shalomah went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Tsiydoniym, and after Malkam  the abomination of the Ammoniym. 6 And Shalomah did evil in the sight of YAHUAH, and went not fully after YAHUAH, as did David his father. 7 Then did Shalomah build an high place for Kemosh, the abomination of Mo’av, in the hill that is before Yerushalayim, and for Molek, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8 And likewise did he for all his strange women, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

So, Shalomah’s transgression begins with the accumulating of women (wives) in polygamy. In his quest to acquire more and more women, he fell prey to their luring and their persuasion.  Because his state of wedlock was duplicitous, his gods became duplicitous, as he had corrupted the sub-fractal of ELOHIYM which is marriage between one man and one woman.

Such a practice is specifically excluded under the Torah:

Devariym (Deuteronomy) 17:14-17

When you are come unto the land which YAHUAH your ELOHIYM gives you, and shall possess it, and shall dwell therein, and shall say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me; 15 You shall in any wise set him king over you, whom YAHUAH your ELOHIYM shall choose: one from among your brethren shall you set king over you: you may not set a stranger over you, which is not your brother. 16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Mitsrayim, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as YAHUAH has said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. 17 Neither shall he multiply women to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

Two things arise here.  First, the halakah in verse 15 specifies that you may not set a stranger over you, which is not your brother.  We find a similar edict in Article II, Section 1, paragraph 5 of the United States Constitution, a demand that allows only a Natural Born Citizen to be the President of the United States.  One can find its source directly in the Torah.

Second, the king is expressly instructed that he shall not multiply women unto himself.  What is missing from this scripture is the phrase: This means you, Shalomah!

At any rate, the net effect of Shalomah’s transgression was set forth thereafter.

Melekiym Rishon (1 Kings) 11:9-13

And YAHUAH was angry with Shalomah, because his heart was turned from YAHUAH ELOHIYM of Yisra’el, which had appeared unto him twice, 10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that את (eth) which YAHUAH commanded. 11 Wherefore YAHUAH said unto Shalomah, Forasmuch as this is done of you, and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely rend the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant. 12 Notwithstanding in your days I will not do it for David your father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of your son. 13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to your son for David my servant's sake, and for Yerushalayim's sake which I have chosen.

The prediction here is that the kingdom would be divided, and that the house of Yahudah – the house from which David hailed – would have but one tribe conjoined; that of Benyamin.  Shalomah in his error allowed for the reintroduction of child sacrifice in the burning of children in the fires of Molech.

Melekiym Sheniy 23:4-7

And the king [Yo’shiyahu] commanded Chilqiyahu the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the Temple of YAHUAH את (eth) all the vessels that were made for Ba`al, and for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Yerushalayim in the fields of Qidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beyt’el. 5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Yahudah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Yahudah, and in the places round about Yerushalayim; them also that burned incense unto Ba`al, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. 6 And he brought out Asherah from the house of YAHUAH, without Yerushalayim, unto the brook Qidron, and burned it at the brook Qidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people. 7 And he broke down the houses of the sodomiym, that were by the house of YAHUAH, where the women wove hangings for Asherah.

Here, Yo’shiyahu burned Asherah upon the graves of the children of the people. This passage lends credence to claim that the children were sacrificed in the fires of Molech in the Qidron valley. 

Yermiyahy (Jeremiah) 32:34-35

But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it. 35 And they built the high places of Ba`al, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molek; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Yahudah to sin.

Was this simply passing between two lines of fire, or maybe just picking up a little smoke inhalation? 

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 57:5

But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the man that breaks wedlock and the whore. 4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood, 5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?

Once again, the problem erupts from the practice of breaking wedlock and whoring – which is in its first instance, idolatry and the worship of other gods besides the one true YAH.  Yeshayahu makes it clear that in fact, the children were slain.

Yermiyahu 19:4-6

Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Yahudah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents; 5 They have built also the high places of Ba`al, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Ba`al, which I commanded not, nor spoke it, neither came it into my mind: 6 Therefore, behold, the days come, says YAHUAH, that this place shall no more be called Tophteh, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.

This offering and the ritual of februation was, among the children of Yisra’el, human sacrifice. I guess that’s how you wrap up the end of the year under the Julian calendar.

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