The Weight of His Name
I was reading in Leviticus today and came across the commandment on blasphemy. And when I was reading, I found myself thinking about how serious blasphemy and cursing the Lord is. So I wanted to talk about that today and I wanted to take time to hopefully shift our perspective on the power of God.
So if we look at the commandment for blasphemy, the result of any blasphemy or cursing of God was death.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Bring the one who has cursed outside the camp, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head; then let all the congregation stone him. You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘If anyone curses his God, then he will bear his sin. Moreover, the one who blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him. The alien as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.Leviticus 24:13-16 NASB
Now not only would you be put to death for this blasphemy, but everyone who heard him speak this blasphemy would be the ones that brought him before the congregation. So all the people were involved in this judgement. The people would have to collectively come against what was said against God. Now I stopped by this commandment because I feel it demonstrates the seriousness of blasphemy. We are called to respect the name and reputation of the Lord. And this is even a New Testament teaching as well.
He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.Matthew 12:30-32 NASB
And isn’t it interesting that the one sin that will not be forgiven by God is the sin of blasphemy. Now you can be forgiven of the sin of blaspheming the Son of Man, but the one who speaks blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven of that sin. So the Holy Spirit is to be respected and to be honored. And if one should show disrespect, they will never be forgiven. This is the kind of attitude we should have in reverance to God. He is to be respected, both Him and the things that are His. So I want us to meditate on this Biblical truth today. Let the reality of God’s power and honor sink deep into our minds as we think and pray today. His is our Father, but He is also God.
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My takeaway is to think about ways that I dishonor or disrespect God. I want to honor and glorify him with my life, speech, and heart. Thanks for the thoughts!