This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org
“They mutilated their sons and daughters by fire…till the Lord, in his great anger against Israel, put them away out of his sight” (2 Kings 17:17-18).
Reflection: The people of God inherited the Holy Land according to God’s promise but then offended him. Therefore, the Assyrians, swept through the land and brought them into exile. The shedding of innocent blood by child-sacrifice was one of the major reasons that this occurred.
Prayer: Lord, taught your people that their destiny on the land depended upon their fidelity to your covenant. Keep us faithful in our day, and free of the guilt of child sacrifice. Amen.