Blaspheme and Die

More black-and-white words from God in Leviticus:

“Now the son of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father went out among the Israelites, and a fight broke out in the camp between him and an Israelite.  The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name with a curse; so they brought him to Moses. (His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri the Danite.)  They put him in custody until the will of the LORD should be made clear to them.

Then the LORD said to Moses: “Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him.  Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God will be held responsible; anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD is to be put to death. The entire assembly must stone them. Whether foreigner or native-born, when they blaspheme the Name they are to be put to death.””Lev 24:10-16

What exactly does it mean to blaspheme the name of God?  The dictionary definition would tell us it means to curse or to speak irreverently.  Do we see people do this to God today?  If so, perhaps we should think of the Old Testament penalty the next time we see it happen in our hearing.  God is serious about some things.  Have we lost that fear in our modern day?

God had Moses follow through with the threat.  In Lev 24:23 – “Then Moses spoke to the Israelites, and they took the blasphemer outside the camp and stoned him. The Israelites did as the LORD commanded Moses.” Cursing God is no idle thing.  At one time, it carried with it a death penalty.


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