KATHY—There is a situation in 2Chronicles Chapter 20 that parallels our times in some meaningful ways and carries insight for us today. The Ammonites and Moabites had a history with Israel. In fact, they were perpetual enemies according to Deuteronomy 23, An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; nor their descendants forever, because they did not meet you with food and water on the way when you came forth out of Egypt, and because they hired Balaam to curse you. You shall not seek their peace or their prosperity all your days forever.
Ammon means “inbred” and Moab means “incest”. They were the sons of Lot by his two daughters. From immoral beginnings came a generation with tainted thinking and warped values that would reach into their generations to come. As children they were sabotaged and that sabotage continued with the god they worshiped. The Ammonites worshiped Molech, the pagan god of child sacrifice. Molech’s statue was the bronze body of a man with the head of a bull, and within it was a furnace where they boiled children alive in the bowels of the statue. It is hard to believe but this demonic force still has presence in today’s world! Many Catholics were outraged when a giant statue of Molech was placed in the Colosseum in Rome, November 8, 2019. Also in 2019, it was reported that the child trafficker (Eppstein) featured a statue resembling Molech on his island. The statue of Molech was also part of an exhibit in the city of Carthage in 2020. A Molech statue, though given a different name, is also now in Detroit. Giving place to this evil is one of many sickening evidences of old enemies at work in our world.