Leviticus 24

Leviticus 24 has God again speaking to Moses.  His first instructions were to Aaron and the priests who were told to use pure olive oil “that a light may be kept burning regularly”.  God assigns the task to keep the lights lit to the high priest.  The congregation was to provide the oil and the flour that would be baked into the ceremonial loaves.  This is part of the regular worship that was to occur in the tent of meeting and the priests were given specific direction on how they were to manage it.

The second half of the chapter addresses a man whose mother was Israelite and father an Egyptian who blasphemed and cursed God.  They brought the man to Moses and “put him in custody, till the will of the Lord should be clear to them”.  There was no specific law written about this yet, so Moses sought God for direction on how to proceed.  The instruction from God was clear, and it was pretty direct.  “Bring out of the camp the one who cursed, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him”.

It seems like a pretty strong response doesn’t it.  Curse God and die.  But the outcome of this incident becomes law.  “Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin. Whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him”.  God takes His place seriously in the world and in our lives.  The congregation had to have multiple people lay their hands on the guilty parties head – which was a way to be sure there were multiple people who were assigning guilt to the party.

Moses is given some more laws for the people to live by, but then takes the man guilty of cursing outside the camp and stoned him.  It was a gruesome punishment but demonstrates just how seriously God takes obedience.  It demonstrates to us that the law of God was not given to Israel, nor to us, for interesting facts or mere guidelines; God expected them, and us, to obey it. Here, they obey even when it is difficult.  We are to do the same.  God’s direction in our life is not always easy, but the outcome He expects is obedience.  God wants us to live a life holy unto Him!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by charlie on September 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing God’s Word. God bless you and make you a blessing to many.

    Reply

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