Q. Is blasphemy of God’s name by swearing and cursing really such a serious sin that God is also angry with those who do not do all they can to help prevent and forbid it?
A. Yes, indeed (1). No sin is greater or provokes God’s wrath more than blaspheming his name. That is why God commanded it to be punished with death (2).
Read: (1) Lev. 5:1; (2) Lev. 24:10-17.
“Now an Israelite woman’s son, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the people of Israel. And the Israelite woman’s son and a man of Israel fought in the camp, and the Israelite woman’s son blasphemed the Name, and cursed. Then they brought him to Moses. His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. And they put him in custody, till the will of the Lord should be 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.” “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.” (Leviticus 24:10-23)
So basically the son of Shelomith fought with an Israelite. He was so angry that he came near the Tabernacle and he “perforated with violence, he libeled, cursed, pierced…” God’s name. Moses asked God what to do and God told Moses that the whole congregation had to stone Sheomith’s son. They did so.
If you read this passage, you probably are shocked. How in the world would muttering angry words against God be so serious that it deserves death? In our Bible’s we read blaspheme, but in Hebrew there are many other verbs that have the same usage…curse, revile, despise, libel, pierce, perforate. All those are different words that are used in instances where people insult God directly. And sister, there are many ways that we insult God on a daily basis.
We obviously start with our words. We probably would not curse Him. We probably wouldn’t mutter His name in vain; particularly after understanding that a name is much more than just a word. And yet…in our hearts and in our actions, we constantly revile His name. Whenever we think or do something that gives a false representation of who He is; His character, His attributes; we commit blasphemy because we are damaging His reputation; we are committing perjury; we are lying about who He is. And this, dear sister, is where the road meets the rubber.
Blaspheming is not only a matter of words. Blaspheming is a matter of our hearts. It shows how we think and what we believe about God. When we worship something, other than God; we commit blasphemy because we are attributing false characteristics to something that doesn’t have them. When we think too high about ourselves; we commit blasphemy because we think of us above God. When we say things that aren’t true to that which God has revealed about Himself in The Bible; we commit blasphemy because we water down and alter who He really is. And when we blaspheme we simply show what we believe about who God is.
God is jealous of His glory and His name carries a weight that is great. Blaspheming it is piercing it; it is forcefully trying to destroy it; damaging His reputation among others. Blaspheming shows a lack of reverence, contempt and it receives the harshest of judgements: stoning. However sister, God is good and He will forgive your blaspheming unbelief as you put your trust in Jesus and follow Him. So sister, today I want to ask you: How are you reviling God’s name? How are you blaspheming Him by your thoughts and actions? And will you go to the Cross and repent that His forgiveness may be given to you?