“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)
From the beginning we learn many important principles. One of the most important is understanding how the Creator feels about partaking of things that were never intended to blended together. From the beginning, those types of mixtures always render death and, thus, the prohibition to stay away from them.
This principle, along with the consequence of ignoring God’s instruction in this regard, is repeated throughout the Scripture. Elijah addressed Israel on Mount Carmel, saying:
“How long will you halt between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21
The message is very simple. God’s people are required to be set apart, and He will not long suffer His people mingling and mixing with those things that are common and profane. These forbidden things would include philosophies, religions, and traditions that lead people away from the truth. A holy God doesn’t want true worship mingled with false worship.
Messiah addressed this same issue when He spoke to the congregation of Laodicea.
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)
As His children, the challenge is to recognize those things that are a mixture of holy and profane. Once we recognize them, we should quickly purge them from our lives. That is our duty as a holy and set apart people. May we always be faithful to abide by His standards.
Blessings and Shalom,