NO ABOMINATIONS ALLOWED! A warning against that which will keep you out!

Shabbat Shalom all,

As part of this week’s Torah reading from Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25, we see a clear instruction that is given to us in:

Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 7:25-26 “The carved images of their mighty ones you are to burn with fire. Do not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it, for it is an abomination to יהוה your Elohim26 And do not bring an abomination into your house, lest you be accursed like it. Utterly loathe it and utterly hate it, for it is accursed.

In a nutshell, these verses are a clear command to make sure that we keep our houses clean, and destroy any form or image of idol worship! The reason why they were commanded to burn the idols was to keep anyone from going after them to seek the gold and silver that may have been on them. As I meditated upon this section in the Torah, I began to realise the magnitude of this command, especially when understanding that we are the Dwelling Place/House of Elohim – A House that must be kept clean! The clear command to not bring an abomination into our house is to protect the house and any one in it from becoming defiled, and so in a message tonight called, ‘NO ABOMINATIONS ALLOWED! – A warning against that which will keep you out!’, I want us to look a little closer at what is an abomination to יהוה our Elohim, and in doing so, ensure that we are not found to be accursed by the abominations that should not be found in our lives. To put it simply… if there are any abominations in our lives then יהוה will not ‘bring us into His House’!

In verse 26 we are told not to bring in any abominable thing into our homes, lest we end up being accursed like it, and the way we can guard ourselves from this is to utterly loath and utterly hate it! People will not bring something into their homes that the hate! The Hebrew verb used here for ‘utterly loath’ is שָׁקַץ shaqats – Strong’s H8262 which means, detest, make detestable, utterly detest.

It is used twice in a row here as שַׁקֵּץ תְּשַׁקְּצֶנּוּ  – shaqeyts t’shaqtsenu’ – both written in the ‘piel’ form which renders an intentional or intensive action, which is repeated to express the urgency of the action! This word is used in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 11:11 which tells us that those seafood creatures that have no fins and scales are to be an abomination to us!!! This is very clear – do not bring them into your home… !

The word used here in verse 26 for ‘utterly hate’ is תָּעַב ta’aḇ – Strong’s H8581 which means, to abhor, despise, reject’. These abominable things are ‘accursed’ which is the Hebrew word חֵרֶם ḥerem – Strong’s H2764 which means, devoted thing, accursed, things devoted to destruction, something banned, and comes from the root verb חָרַם ḥaram – Strong’s H2763 means ‘to ban, utterly destroy’ as well as ‘devote to Elohim, which (once given) must then be destroyed so there will be no human use made of it’, and carries the understanding of that which becomes off limits and is utterly destroyed. The instruction is very clear here – that which is not allowed, do not have in your home!!!

That which is ‘under the ban’ and abominable in יהוה’s eyes must be abominable in our eyes too and be off limits, without the slightest consideration of letting it enter our home!

What ‘stuff’ have you allowed in your home (life) that is clearly an abominable thing in יהוה’s eyes? Keep your house clean!!!

I often think that there are some things that are not being hated as they should, and are therefore being found present in the lives of many who claim to know Elohim, and if this is the case, they run the risk of not being able to ‘enter in’ to His promised reign that is near!

The Hebrew word used in verse 25 & 26 for ‘abomination’ is the noun תּוֹעֵבָה to’eḇah – Strong’s H8441 which means, abomination, abominable thing, detestable thing, object of loathing’, from which the verb for ‘utterly hate’ - תָּעַב ta’aḇ – Strong’s H8581 which means, to abhor, despise, reject is derived.

תּוֹעֵבָה to’eḇah – Strong’s H8441 is used 117 times in the Tanak (O.T.), and tonight we are going to take a look at a few of these, in order for us be reminded of that which is an abomination to יהוה, and therefore be on guard that we do not allow these abominations in our lives, lest we be accursed by them and find that we are thrown out rather than brought in, so to speak!

The first use of this word is in:

Berěshith/Genesis 43:32 “And they set him a place by himself, and them by themselves, and the Mitsrites who ate with him by themselves, for the Mitsrites could not eat food with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Mitsrites.

Yosĕph’s brothers did not yet know that this ruler was their long lost brother whom they sold into slavery, and after being summonsed to Yosĕph’s house for a meal we see that the seating arrangements were very obvious – and that is that the Mitsrites would not eat with the Hebrews, for that was an abomination to the Mitsrites! After Yosĕph and his family had been fully reunited and they would be presented before Pharaoh we, again see in:

 Berěshith/Genesis 46:34 “that you shall say, ‘Your servants have been men of livestock from our youth even till now, both we and also our fathers,’ so that you dwell in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Mitsrites.

Shepherds were an abomination to the Mitsrians, as they detested what they considered the lawless ways of wandering shepherds who had no fixed home, and moved from place to place with each change of the season in search of food, water, and grazing land. This clearly pictures for us how the worldly ways of man will be an abomination to the ways of those who walk in the commands of Elohim!

Here we are able to see the metaphoric picture of how true believers shall be hated by the world – for the world hated the Good Shepherd!

Yoḥanan/John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”

Marqos/Mark 13:13 “And you shall be hated by all because of My Name. But he who shall have endured to the end, he shall be saved.

The way to ‘endure’ is to make sure that abominations are kept out of our lives. What is very clear here is that the things that are an abomination to יהוה are not an abomination to the worldly, and vice versa. We must ensure that we do not make ourselves friends with that which is not of Elohim!

Ya’aqoḇ/James 4:4 “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with Elohim? Whoever therefore intends to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of Elohim.

To the wicked, the ways of יהוה are detestable and to יהוה and His chosen people, the ways of the wicked are detestable! Scripture clearly expands for us the very things that are an abomination to יהוה, teaching us and helping us to guard our lives and keep His Dwelling Place clean! Let us therefore take a brief tour through some key verses in Scripture that clearly teaches us the very things that are an abomination to יהוה our Elohim!

Well firstly we read from Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 7:25 that carved images made for idolatrous worship are an abomination to Him, so much so that He commands that we destroy it totally and not desire the silver and gold that is on them. This also means that we cannot sell that which must be destroyed and removed from our homes – it must be destroyed!!! While this may be very clear to us, and on a practical level we have all certainly learnt to get rid of the idolatrous junk that had managed to find its way into our homes under the delusion of false and vain traditions, let us look a little deeper into what things are also an abomination to יהוה our Mighty Elohim, things that may not be physical objects, but are things that come from within a man or women – things that are also a clear abomination to our Creator and King! Some of these that I will mention may overlap or even be repeated in other parts of Scripture and so I will do my best to not repeat where not needed, as we look at what is תּוֹעֵבָה to’eḇah – Strong’s H8441 to יהוה our Elohim.

To start we see in:

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 3:32 “For the perverse one is an abomination to יהוה, and His secret counsel is with the straight.

The Hebrew word translated here as ‘the perverse one’ is - לוּז luz – Strong’s H3868 which means, to turn aside, depart, vanish, devious.

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 14:2 tells us that the upright – that is those who walk in uprightness – fear יהוה, while those whose ways/walk is perverse and crooked despise Him! To walk contrary to the Way of יהוה is an abomination to Him. Those who attempt to change His times and laws and walk in the crookedness of man-made traditions that depart from complete obedience are an abomination to Elohim! Those who turn aside from guarding the Torah are an abomination to יהוה – and sadly many who have turned aside from walking in His Torah actually think that they are pleasing to Him!

Have you found yourself turning aside to crooked ways when simply walking upright seems inconvenient to you as it costs you friends, family and even worldly opportunities? Know this – the perverse one – the one whose walk is crooked – is an abomination to יהוה and he will not be a part of the House of Elohim!

In Mishlĕ/Proverbs 6:16 we are told that there are 7 things that are an abomination to יהוה, and they are:

1 – A proud look – This literally is understood as having ‘lifted eyes’, or even understood as having a ‘haughty’ look. The word ‘haughty’ is defined as ‘blatantly and disdainfully proud’ – and this is something that is an abomination to יהוה.

In the words that Dawiḏ spoke to יהוה after having been delivered from the hands of his enemies and the hand of Sha’ul he said in:

Tehillim/Psalm 18:27 “For You save the afflicted people, but bring down those whose eyes are haughty.

He also said in:

Tehillim/Psalm 131:1 “O יהוה, my heart has not been proud, nor have my eyes been haughty. Neither have I concerned myself with great matters, nor with those too wondrous for me.

יהוה resists the proud and gives favour to the humble, and one of the things that is clearly an abomination to יהוה is to have a proud look and think more highly of oneself than we ought to! Having a proud look, or eyes that are haughty, speaks of looking only to one’s own interests, being selfish and having no regard for others!

Pilipiyim/Philippians 2:3-4 “doing none at all through selfishness or self-conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each one should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

We are also warned here not to think that we have arrived, so to speak, as Sha’ul also warned the Corinthian assembly that he who thinks he stands, let him take heed lest he fall. Having a proud look also reveals to us one who refuses discipline as they think it is beneath them! How many times have you ‘overlooked’ the needed obedience for comfort? That is a form of a proud and haughty look, which is an abomination to יהוה!

2 – A lying tonguethe Hebrew root word translated as ‘lying’ is שֶׁקֶר sheqer – Strong’s H8267 which means, deception, disappointment, falsehood, lies, and comes from the root verb שָׁקַר shaqar – Strong’s H8266 which means, to do or deal falsely, lie’. This word is used in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 19:12 in the command to not swear falsely in the Name of יהוה and profane His Name through false speech! We must let our yes be yes and our no must be no, for whatever goes beyond these is from the wicked one!

A lying tongue speaks of one who makes promises but does not keep them! Have you made promises you did not keep? Have you said yes for something but meant no, or vice versa? This is an abomination to יהוה and if one is found to have a lying tongue then they stand the risk of not being a part of the House – for יהוה is cleaning His Bride and He will not allow an abomination in His House!

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 12:22 “Lying lips are an abomination to יהוה, but those who deal truly are His delight.

3 – Hands that shed innocent bloodThis is a warning against committing murder!

As we consider the first three of these 7 things being mentioned here in this Mishlĕ/Proverbs 6:17-19, that are an abomination to יהוה, we are also able to take note of how these first three clearly picture for us how we relate to each other – with the first being the mental thought process we use, as pictured through pride, while the second represents the verbal aspect of our relationships and the validity of our words to each other and the third represents our actions toward each other. What this teaches us is clear – יהוה hates it when we have wrong thoughts, words and actions toward each other!

Qolasim/Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Master יהושע, giving thanks to Elohim the Father through Him.

If our thoughts, speech and actions cannot be attributed to having the Name of our Master יהושע Messiah attached to it, then it should not be something that proceeds from our thoughts, words or deeds!

4 – A heart devising wicked schemesThe word used here for ‘devising’ is חָרַשׁ ḥarash – Strong’s H2790 meaning, to cut in, engrave, plow, devise, scheme, plot, and is the same word used in verse 14 and is translated as ‘plotting’, and the Hebrew word for ‘wicked’ is אָוֶן aven – Strong’s H205 which means, iniquity, trouble, wicked, sorrow’; and the Hebrew root word for ‘schemes’ is מַחֲשֶׁבֶת maḥasheḇeth – Strong’s H4284 which means, thoughts, devise, scheme, plan, purpose’. In the days of Noaḥ man’s thoughts were wicked, and this is what we read in:

Berěshith/Genesis 6:5 “And יהוה saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Messiah clearly warned us that the last days will be as the days of Noaḥ, and we are certainly able to see how the inclinations of the thoughts of most are only evil continually!

A heart without the Torah will continue to plot, scheme, and devise wicked ways and plans, that seek to excuse away the need to obey the Torah – and this is an abomination to יהוה. Instead of simply obeying the Torah of Elohim and meditating on His Word day and night, the lawless continue to come up with reasons as to why they think that they do not have to submit and obey, and in doing so they plot and scheme various man-driven systems that have people meditating on lawlessness or a false grace rather than meditating on the Truth!

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 4:14 “O Yerushalayim, wash your heart from evil, and be saved. Till when would your wicked thoughts remain within you?

Have you ever found yourself devising wicked schemes in your heart? By that I mean, have you ever found yourself trying to find a way to get yourself out of that which you know you should do? Perhaps you have devised a scheme in your heart to get you from keeping Sabbath as you should, or from keeping the Feast as you should, or from keeping any part of His Torah as you should? Schemes that you devise and justify in your heart, only to find out that your heart has been deceitful when mirrored against the truth? Wash your heart from evil and let not wicked scheming remain in you, for it is an abomination to יהוה!

5 – Feet that are quick to run to evilIn Hebrew the word for ‘feet’ is רַגְלַיִם – ‘raglayim’ which is the plural of the word רֶגֶל regelStrong’s H7272 which means ‘a foot/feet or to walk, and speaks of one’s obedience to walking according to the commands of Elohim and obeying His call to keep His feasts as commanded, as we take note that this word is also translated as ‘times’ in:

Shemoth/Exodus 23:14 “Three times in the year you are to observe a festival to Me.

The Hebrew word for ‘good’, as we have discussed before, is טוֹב  toḇ – Strong’s H2896 and carries the meaning, pleasant, good, agreeable, beautiful, to be pleasing, done well. In the true understanding of this word  טוֹב  to we can see that it may best be translated in most cases as ‘functional’, for when יהוה said in Berěshith/Genesis 1:31 that when He saw all that He had made, that He said it was very good. What He saw was His creation functioning properly and working the way it should and this is why it was ‘good’. The opposite to טוֹב  to (good) is evil which is Hebrew is רַע ra – Strong’s H7451 meaning, bad, evil, wicked, harmful’. Just as we understand that טוֹב  to represents that which is ‘functional’, we can then see that רַע ra represents that which is ‘dysfunctional’, which simply put speaks of that which reveals an abnormal and unhealthy lifestyle that is not functioning as it should.

We may often think something is good, yet if it is not ‘functional’ according to the plumb line of the Torah of יהוה, then we had best be careful to consider our steps!

Feet that are quick to run to evil pictures for us those who are quick to do that which is dysfunctional, and when we consider how so many are quick to follow the vain and idolatrous practices of dysfunctional worship, by keeping false feasts, we see how this is a very clear abomination to Elohim! Instead of ‘walking’, which you do with your feet, in righteousness, most will be quick to run in the ways of unrighteousness and follow the broad path of lawlessness and rebellion! Before you think that you are not one of those, let me ask you if you have ever found your foot slipping or even running away from doing what you should, as you have quickly turned aside from obedience, only to find yourself following wicked and idolatrous ways!

Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 9:16 “And I looked and saw that you had sinned against יהוה your Elohim, and had made for yourselves a moulded calf! You had quickly turned aside from the way which יהוה had commanded you.

To turn aside from walking in the Truth is an abomination to יהוה.

6 – A false witness breathing out liesThis could literally be rendered as ‘a false testimony that is spoken by lying’! Many want to give testimonies of how Elohim has done great things for them, while the Truth is not in them, as they have disregarded His Torah! This is a huge warning against the lawless who assume to bear the witness of Elohim in their lives, and this יהוה hates! We are to hold fast and possess the witness of  יהושע Messiah AND guard the commands of Elohim! Possessing a witness of Messiah without guarding the commands of Elohim, will render your witness false, for your witness does not breathe out life, but rather lies! We are to be ambassadors of the coming reign, and in doing so we are to bear witness of His Truth in our lives! The question is – are you a true witness or are you a false one? While many claim to know Elohim and claim to walk in His Torah, their daily lives may often render them being a false witness, as they conform to the world and fall prey to the influence of others! Have you found yourself telling others that you are a taught one or follower of Messiah, while you are in fact compromising in your walk – for then you are a false witness breathing out lies – and this is an abomination to יהוה. We are also to be on guard about bearing false witness against our neighbour! Do not speak lies about another – do not gossip and slander another – for if you do you are being a false witness that is breathing out lies!

7 – One who causes strife among brothers - The word for ‘strife’ is מָדוֹן maḏon – Strong’s H4066 which means, strife, contention, and last week we looked at how the man of Beliya’al sends out strife! Strife comes as a result of not having what one wants, and because one does not ask, or if they do, they ask with wrong motives! Mishlĕ/Proverbs 15:18 tells us that a man of wrath stirs up strife, but he who is patient appeases strife. How often do you find yourself lacking patience and end up stirring up strife and contentions among others because you did not get your way? Mishlĕ/Proverbs 17:14 tells us that the beginning of strife is like releasing water, and we must therefore put a stop to any fighting before it bursts out. Often strife starts out very subtly and if not stopped will become a raging torrent of destruction and separation, which we must guard against at all costs! Don’t let your bitterness be released like a slow running tap… before you know it there is a huge flood of emotions that cannot be contained, bringing unnecessary damage! If you find that you have strife stirring up inside you because you did not get your way, and your water has become soiled and muddied so to speak, then do this… “Switch off the tap, get your leak fixed and start giving out living water again”!

One who causes strife and divisions is an abomination to יהוה, and will not be welcomed into His House.

We could expand for hours on this single topic of strife, for it is one of the most dangerous things in the body, as it breaks down instead of building up, and unless יהוה builds the House, the labourers labour in vain!

Let us look at some more Scriptures that show us what is an abomination to יהוה:

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 11:1 “A false scale is an abomination to יהוה, but a perfect weight is His delight.

The Hebrew word translated as ‘false’ here is מִרְמָה mirmah – Strong’s H4820 which means, deceit, treachery, dishonesty, falsehood’, and also is used in Amos 8:5 with reference to those who couldn’t wait for the Sabbath to be over so that they could trade and falsify their scales by deceit! False measures are an abomination to יהוה. There is no reward for ‘half’ obedience or for lukewarm obedience – your either obey or you do not, for there is no partiality with Elohim. His word is the same yesterday, today and forever and to assume a differing scale is an abomination to Him.

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 11:20 “The perverse of heart are an abomination to יהוה, but the perfect in the Way are His delight.

The Hebrew word translated as ‘perverse’ is עִקֵּשׁ iqqesh – Strong’s H6141 which means, twisted, distorted, perverted, crooked, and to twist, distort or pervert the Truth is an abomination to Elohim!

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 15:8 “The slaughtering of the wrong ones Is an abomination to יהוה, but the prayer of the straight is His delight.

The word ‘slaughterings’ is from the root word  זֶבַח zeḇaḥ - Strong’s H2077 which means, thank offerings, sacrifice, feasting’:

Tehillim/Psalm 4:5 “Offer slaughterings of righteousness, and trust in יהוה.

Any form of offering and thanksgiving done outside of righteousness (which is to guard the commands) is an abomination to Elohim!

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 15:9 “The way of the wrong one Is an abomination to יהוה, but He loves him who pursues righteousness.

The Hebrew word for way is word דֶּרֶךְ  dereḵ – Strong’s H1870 which means, way, road, distance, journey and is from the word דָּרַךְ  daraḵ – Strong’s H1869  which means, to tread or march and so speaks of our walk; our every step that we take. The way of the wrong one is an abomination, for the wrong one does not walk in or pursue righteousness, but rather walks in the broad path of vain and false traditions that leads to death!

Even our thoughts matter:

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 15:26 “Evil thoughts are an abomination to יהוה, but pleasant words are clean.

What we think matters, and we need to be meditating on the Torah day and night, instead of allowing our thoughts to wander and day dream of dysfunctional matters that do not profit! We are to take care of our thought life, because if we do not we might find ourselves saying things we should not! Think before you speak… we all need to heed that advice!

Qorintiyim Bet/2 Corinthians 10:4-6 “For the weapons we fight with are not fleshly but mighty in Elohim for overthrowing strongholds, 5 overthrowing reasonings and every high matter that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to the Messiah, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

If we do not guard our hearts and minds in Messiah we may find ourselves giving way to thoughts and matters that exalt themselves against the Truth and cause us to speak falsehood and deceit and compromise our walk! Evil thoughts are an abomination to יהוה – many do not realise this!

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 16:5 “Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to יהוה; hand to hand: he goes not unpunished.

The word used here for ‘proud’ comes from the root verb גָּבַהּ gaḇahh – Strong’s H1361 which means, to be high, exalted, pride, build high, haughty’, and can also give reference to one being proud and lifting themselves up, instead of humbling themselves in complete submission to the Torah of Elohim!

יהושע Messiah tells us in:

Mattithyahu/Matthew 23:12 “And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 17:15 tells us that those who declare the wrong right and those who condemn the righteous, are both and abomination to יהוה! Those who declare the lawless to be right and under a ‘false grace message’ are an abomination to יהוה, and have no part in His House!

While we just read from Mishlĕ/Proverbs 15:8 that the prayer of the straight is a delight to יהוה, we are told in:

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 28:9 “He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer is an abomination.

Those who turn away from the hearing of the Torah, which implies a hearing and a guarding to do what is heard from the Torah, are being vain in their attempted prayers, for their prayers are an abomination to יהוה!

When Yisra’ĕl disobeyed יהוה, He told them that they had made His inheritance an abomination:

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 2:7 “Then I brought you into a garden land, to eat its fruit and its goodness. But when you entered, you defiled My land and made My inheritance an abomination.

We know that in Scripture יהוה makes reference to the clear fact that Yisra’ĕl is His inheritance and a corrupt Yisra’ĕl is an abominable inheritance that cannot be brought into the House. It is for this reason that we see all throughout Yeḥezqěl the rebuke for abominable practices, and despite the continual mercy shown by יהוה they continued to rebel and do abominable deeds, according to the ways of the nations that they were supposed to destroy! While Yisra’ĕl failed to destroy the nations in the land, we are able to see how these abominations that they allowed to remain caused them to be accursed like them, to the point where יהוה gave them over to their own laws (Read Yeḥezqěl/Ezekiel 20).

This is a clear shadow picture of what we see being written by Sha’ul to the assembly in Thessalonica, in that that who refuse to receive a love for the Truth (which is to obey the Truth) will be handed over to the delusion of their own falsehoods that they believe the lies!

Tas’loniqim Bet/2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, 10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, in order for them to be saved. 11 And for this reason Elohim sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood, 12 in order that all should be judged who did not believe the truth, but have delighted in the unrighteousness.

Yeḥezqěl was shown the abominable things Yisra’ĕl were doing, in Chapter 8, and in Chapter 16 he was told to go and make know to Yerushalayim her abominations, and in Chapter 36 we are told that Yisra’ĕl would remember their evil ways and deed and loathe themselves, in their own eyes, their crookednesses and abominations. I think this is very significant in helping us get our houses clean, and ultimately His House clean and ready as a perfect set-apart Bride. While I mentioned what things are an abomination to יהוה, or rather what is an abomination in His eyes, we would do well to recognise that what is an abomination in His eyes, must be an abomination in our eyes too, lest we become like the abominations that we do not utterly loathe and utterly hate!

As we consider the clear call to not bring an abomination into our house, let us take heed to keep our lives set-apart as vessels unto value, as we guard ourselves against having any of the abominable things in the eyes of יהוה being evident in our lives, so that we can be joyfully built up in our Master and Elohim:

Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 2:5 “you also, as living stones, are being built up, a spiritual house, a set-apart priesthood, to offer up spiritual slaughter offerings acceptable to Elohim through יהושע Messiah.

As you look into the mirror of the Word and think upon these words that have been spoken here tonight, ask yourself if there are any abominations in your life, and if so get rid of them quickly! Let us not make the same rebellious mistakes that our fathers made:

Yeḥezqěl/Ezekiel 20:7-8 “And I said to them, ‘Each one of you, throw away the abominations which are before his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Mitsrayim! I am יהוה your Elohim.’ 8 “But they rebelled against Me, and would not obey Me. All of them did not throw away the abominations which were before their eyes, nor did they forsake the idols of Mitsrayim. So I resolved to pour out My wrath on them to complete My displeasure against them in the midst of the land of Mitsrayim.

Let us hear the clear command of our great Elohim and throw away that which should not be in our House, for the Master of the House has made it clear, in warning against that which will keep you out:

NO ABOMINATIONS ALLOWED!

יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show you favour; יהוה lift up His face to you and give you Shalom!