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: great disrespect shown to God or to something holy
: something said or done that is disrespectful to God or to something holy
Blasphemy and distinguishing sins - Leviticus 24:10-23
11 The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name with a curse; so they brought him to Moses.
1. The name of Lord is Holy. “Our Father, which art in heaven, HALLOWED be thy name”. “Thou shalt no take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Lev 24:12 They put him in custody until the will of the LORD should be made clear to them.
1. The young man was locked up, in jail, in waiting for blasphemy.
2. They weren’t sure what the punishment or consequences should be but they knew they should ask God for direction.
3. Moses was a prophet and this was a nation that was created and led by God.
4. Moses got a clear answer from the Lord.
Lev 24:14 “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.
Lev 24:15 Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God will be held responsible;
Lev 24:16 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.
Every civilized society creates laws and also creates punishments for those that break the laws.
One of the most basic responsibilities of a civil society to design laws where the punishments are appropriate to the crimes that are committed.
Justice and Just Deserts - Leviticus 24:17-22
Lev 24:17 “‘Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.
Lev 24:18 Anyone who takes the life of someone’s animal must make restitution–life for life.
Lev 24:19 Anyone who injures their neighbor is to be injured in the same manner:
Lev 24:20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. The one who has inflicted the injury must suffer the same injury.
Lev 24:21 Whoever kills an animal must make restitution, but whoever kills a human being is to be put to death.
Lev 24:22 You are to have the same law for the foreigner and the native-born. I am the LORD your God.'”
The covenant journey stands in history as easily one of the most important trips of the all human history.
The covenant trip was an agreement with God and Israel on a journey that would take them from bondage to a promised land of great blessing.
BiteByte on this, the broken covenant contract turned a journey to a land of milk and honey into a death trip ending with many of their bones in the wilderness. Selah
10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;
from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.
11 The waters covered their adversaries;
not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises
and sang his praise.
13 But they soon forgot what he had done
and did not wait for his plan to unfold.
14 In the desert they gave in to their craving;
in the wilderness they put God to the test.
15 So he gave them what they asked for,
but sent a wasting disease among them.