2/14/2018 – The Blasphemer – Pr. Sonny Shimaoka
And whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of the Lord, he shall be put to death. (Leviticus 24:16 NKJV)
Back in the day, blaspheming or using the Lord’s name in vain was a capital crime punishable by stoning to death. It seems like the whole community got involved in the “execution!” It didn’t matter who you were, it was a serious issue with the Lord and it was dealt with severely.
What a contrast to what we see and experience in our world today. It’s common to hear people use the Name of the Lord in an irreverent or disrespectful manner. Is it still serious with the Lord? I think so! The “blasphemer” has no clue as to what they are saying and WHO they are offending.
How many times have I taken the Lord’s Name and degraded it? I still can remember when I first got saved and used His name in vain. I felt sick to my stomach and so embarrassed. Then I read these verses and got really convicted. I don’t ever want to get caught blaspheming or using His name in a disrespectful way. If it is serious to God than it is serious to me.
Heavenly Father thank you for allowing me to even speak Your name out loud. Holy Spirit help me to be always conscious of Your name on my lips. I want to always use Your name in ways that honor You and gives You glory…In Jesus Name