Reading Leviticus 24-25 today.
Is it so bad to blaspheme the name of God? Many seem not to think so. What is “blasphemy”, or blaspheming the name of God?
“And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin. 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 24:15-16 (KJV)
It would mean to make light of the name of God; to curse His name. There are many people in the day who do just this, yet the mercy and grace of God falls all over them. Some of these same people are ones who ask the question, “Why does God allow evil in the world?”, then with the next sentence take the name of the LORD in vain, or use His name to swear falsely by leaving a hurting individual hanging by a debt, or without an employer when they have the means to help them.
The LORD values life. All of life. God gives us the form of correction for one man taking another’s life; and that is the death of the killer/murderer. Why? Because He is the LORD. One life is just as valuable as the other. To allow a murderer to lives places more value on the murderer’s life than on the murdered individual’s life. That’s our society. However, God still says,
“And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.” 24:17
The LORD also places value on land ownership and ownership of anything. Though no man actually owns anything; it belongs to the LORD; but He has placed us here to be stewards of His creation.
“And the LORD spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying, ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; but in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.” 25:1-4
When people honor God by caring for the land and others He will bless that people.
Please read Leviticus 24 – 25.
-Tim A. Blankenship