Necrolatry is a branch of Idolatry, that gives so much sentimental reverence for the dead, or for dead bodies. The burial of Moses by God in DEUTERONOMY 34:5-6, was to deliver the children of Israel from this terrible sin of necrolatry and moreso from the sin of relicolatry, which is another branch of Idolatry, that gives reverence to the relics of dead saints, by paying pilgrimage or homage to their sepulchers. That was why God, in His wisdom, buried Moses whose sepulcher is not known unto this day, by any man in Israel- DEUTERONOMY 34:6. To bury, by Dictionary definition, simply means to hide in the ground and cover out of sight, or to blot out of remembrance.
It is usually the spiritually dead, who are of the world, that entangle themselves in ungodly and worldly burial ceremonies. That was why Jesus advised one of His followers, to follow Him (the Truth), and then let the dead bury their dead, as written in LUKE 9: 59-60. In most of these ungodly and worldly burial ceremonies, the wicked traditions of the land, play a major role, in which widows are subjected to all sorts of dehumanizing acts, which contradict the commandment of God, written in EXODUS 22:23-24, and I quote, “IF THOU AFFLICT THEM (WIDOWS) IN ANYWISE, AND THEY CRY AT ALL UNTO ME, I WILL SURELY HEAR THEIR CRY; AND MY WRATH SHALL WAX HOT, AND WILL KILL YOU WITH THE SWORD; AND YOUR WIVES SHALL BE WIDOWS, AND YOUR CHILDREN FATHERLESS.” Whereas the religion, that is pure and undefiled before God is to visit the widows and the fatherless in their affliction, and to keep oneself UNSPOTTED from the world and its pollutions, including worldly burial ceremonies, as written in James 1:27, and I quote, ‘’Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the world.’’
Therefore any worldly burial ceremony, which is usually characterised by musical shows, feastings, etc, incur the wrath of God unto eternal condemnation in hell, as written in Isaiah 5:11–14, and I quote, “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night (known as wake-keeping) till wine inflame them! AND THE HARP, THE VIOL, THE TABRET AND PIPE (musical instruments), and wine, are in their feasts: but they consider not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operations of his hands. Therefore, my people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge; and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. THEREFORE HELL HAS ENLARGED HERSELF, AND OPENED HER MOUTH WITHOUT MEASURE: AND THEIR GLORY, AND THEIR MULTITUDE AND THEIR POMP, AND HE THAT REJOICETH, SHALL DESCEND INTO IT.”
Joseph who buried Jesus was a very rich Disciple of Jesus, yet he followed the doctrine of simplicity, that was in Christ Jesus and buried Jesus the Son of God, by whom all things were created, in a very simple manner, without exhibiting any showmanship, which is pride of life. Burial, is a moment of sober reflection, when every mortal, present at such burial is expected to re-examine his/her own life and to understand that someday, he/she will answer this inevitable call and to ponder on where he/she will be thereafter, in HELL like the rich man, or in HEAVEN like poor Lazarus, as written in LUKE 16:19-25.
The Spirit of God, through the Preacher in Ecclesiastes 7:2-4, says, it is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will take it to heart. The Spirit of God further said, that the heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth, that is merry-making. Therefore, the time of burial is a time of mourning and soberness, NOT a time for feasting. In Psalm 106:28-29, it is written and I quote, ‘’They (the children of Israel) joined themselves unto Baal-Peor, AND ATE THE SACRIFICES OF THE DEAD. Thus they provoked Him, (the LORD GOD ), to anger, and the plague brake in upon them.”
In 1 CORINTHIANS 10:20, it is also written and I quote, “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” Therefore all the cows or any other animals slaughtered for food, during these burial ceremonies, are to devils and not to God. Therefore all believers in Christ, who eat the sacrifices of the dead, are already in fellowship with devils, even as the children of Israel were in fellowship with the demon of Baal-Peor, for eating the sacrifices of the dead, thereby provoking the Lord God, to anger, who allowed the plagues to break upon them.
Thank God that the Lord God is already at work, confirming His word. Since believers in Christ refused to obey the doctrine of Christ about simplicity in burial, the Lord God has stirred up Anambra State House of Assembly to enforce His doctrine. In Vanguard Newspaper of Saturday, 13the April 2019, it was published that the Anambra House of Assembly has passed a bill for a law to control burial and funeral ceremonies in the State, which amongst others, include no praise singing, no blocking of roads and streets, etc. The reason given for this bill is that it is now more expensive to die than to live. In that publication, it was written that the Catholic Bishop of Awka, had banned, in their parishes, cooking and sharing of souvenirs, and mourning dresses, known as Asoebi. May the Lord God bless the mover of this bill. And I hope all other legislative Assemblies, all over the nation, will do the will of God, by doing what Anambra State House of Assembly has done.
Let him that hath an ear, hear what the Spirit saith to the churches!