Today’s Reading: Leviticus 24 – 25
“And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.” Leviticus 24:16 (KJV)
The name of the LORD is holy. There is no other name like it. God is one. His names which reveal His character is many. Jehovah jireh; Jehovah rapha; those two show us that He is our provider, and our Healer. There are others. We cannot expect to blaspheme ie. take His name lightly, to speak it irreverently or to attribute to ourselves or others something God has done.
Jesus spoke of blasphemy,
“Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God: but he that denieth Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.” Luke 12:8-10
We find later in Leviticus 24:23 that Moses gave commandment to stone the one whom charges were brought against, and they did. It is a very serious offense for the child of God to blaspheme the name of the LORD.
Reading for February 12: Leviticus 26 – 27