by Rev Joel Yong
Leviticus 18:6 ESV
None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. I am the Lord.
The Israelites were newly freed slaves. It meant that they were free for the very first time in 400 years.
It also meant they had no previous reference or standard, other than that of the Egyptians.
The ancient Egyptians were lax in sexual morality amongst other things and incestuous unions weren’t unusual.
Lest the Israelites sink to similar depths, God carefully instructed them on the forbidden nature of incestuous unions.
When change happens, new standards are required. We cannot move forward if we continue to live according to yesterday’s ways.