Have you ever played the Leviticus game?
3. Child Sacrifice
“You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 18:21).
Molech worship was an especially heinous religion in the ancient Near East where parents were to lay their infant children upon the burning hot arms of the bull-headed idol in sacrifice to the false god.
A Jewish rabbinical commentary from the 12th century described the barbaric ritual as follows:
…they heated him [Molech] from his lower parts; and his hands being stretched out, and made hot, they put the child between his hands, and it was burnt; when it vehemently cried out; but the priests beat a drum, that the father might not hear the voice of his son, and his heart might not be moved.
Like the rest of the commands in this chapter, this didn’t just apply to Israel, but to everyone, including the indigenous Molech-worshipping Canaanites who lives alongside the Israelites in the land (see v. 26). According to the chapter, it was the Canaanites’ own involvement in all these sins listed here that got them expelled from the land and conquered by Israel in the first place.