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Wednesday, November 13 2013
Leviticus 22: Profane Not My Holy Name
"They that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and My Name continually every day is blasphemed"
According to the Holy Scriptures, the Name of the LORD is blasphemed for either of two reasons.
The second is by any people, whether evil, or people who are seeking to follow the LORD, who speak evil of the LORD because of the evil behavior of people who claim to be followers of the LORD (e.g. "If that is Christianity, I don't want anything to do with it") - to which the people who claim to be followers of the LORD will be held responsible (see the Fact Finder question below).
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) established His Levite Priesthood for a Christian prophetic purpose (see Exodus 26: The First Christian Tabernacle, Leviticus 8: The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One and Leviticus 9: The Beginning Of The Levite Ministry). Those servants of the LORD (just as the "Christian" servants of the LORD today) were to live their lives in such a way that they would never cause people to reject the LORD because of any wanton evil or immoral behavior on their part.
"22:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 22:2 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, that they separate themselves from the holy things of the children of Israel, and that they profane not my holy name in those things which they hallow unto me: I am the LORD." (Leviticus 22:1-2 KJV)
The servants of the LORD were to be "hallowed" (see Exodus 29: The Hallowing Of The Priests). Their behavior was to be physically and spiritually clean (see Leviticus 15: Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness).
"22:3 Say unto them, Whosoever he be of all your seed among your generations, that goeth unto the holy things, which the children of Israel hallow unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, that soul shall be cut off from my presence: I am the LORD.
The sacrifices that were made, apart from the Passover lamb and the goat sacrificed on the Day of Atonement (both of which represented the single, once for all time sacrifice of the Messiah; see Why Do Christians Observe The Messiah's Day Of Atonement?) were done for their own ceremonial sinlessness (see The Blood Of Bulls And Goats). There was no place for those who arrogantly presumed to serve the LORD by serving themselves (see Leviticus 10: Strange Fire and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"22:15 And they shall not profane the holy things of the children of Israel, which they offer unto the LORD; 22:16 Or suffer them to bear the iniquity of trespass, when they eat their holy things: for I the LORD do sanctify them. 22:17 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 22:18 Speak unto Aaron, and to his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them, Whatsoever he be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, that will offer his oblation for all his vows, and for all his freewill offerings, which they will offer unto the LORD for a burnt offering; 22:19 Ye shall offer at your own will a male without blemish, of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goats. 22:20 But whatsoever hath a blemish, that shall ye not offer: for it shall not be acceptable for you. 22:21 And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD to accomplish his vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein. 22:22 Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed, ye shall not offer these unto the LORD, nor make an offering by fire of them upon the altar unto the LORD. 22:23 Either a bullock or a lamb that hath any thing superfluous or lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer for a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted. 22:24 Ye shall not offer unto the LORD that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut; neither shall ye make any offering thereof in your land. 22:25 Neither from a stranger's hand shall ye offer the bread of your God of any of these; because their corruption is in them, and blemishes be in them: they shall not be accepted for you.
This Day In History, November 13
1002: English king Ethelred II launched a massacre of Danish settlers, known today as the St. Brice's Day massacre.
1093: Malcolm III of Scotland, son of King Duncan, died during his fifth attempt to invade England.
1160: King Louis VII of France married Adele of Champagne.
1460: Portuguese explorer Henry the Navigator died at age 66.
1474: During the Swiss-Burgundian Wars, Swiss forces defeated the army of Charles the Bold at Hericourt.
1642: The Battle of Turnham Green during First English Civil War. Royalist forces withdraw from the Parliamentarian army.
1715: The Battle of Sheriffmuir in Scotland.
1833: One of the greatest Leonid meteor storms dazzled people in eastern North America from midnight to dawn.
1843: Mount Rainier in Washington State erupted.
1851: A telegraph link was established between London and Paris.
1907: The first helicopter to achieve free flight carrying a man, designed by Paul Cornu, rose 6 feet above the ground at Lisieux, France.
1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), the British aircraft carrier Ark Royal was hit by a German torpedo off Gibraltar and sank the following day.
1945: Charles de Gaulle became the President of the French provisional government at the end of the Second World War.
1970: Hafez al-Assad seized power in Syria in a bloodless military coup.
1970: The Bhola cyclone struck the highly-populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night. The Bhola cyclone is regarded as the 20th century's worst natural disaster.
1985: In Colombia, the Neva del Ruiz volcano erupted; an estimated 25,000 people died.
1994: Swedes voted by 52.2 percent in a referendum to join the European Union.
1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000.00 to drop her sexual harassment lawsuit against him. A New York businessman had earlier paid the woman another $1,000,000.00
1998: Michel Trudeau, 23, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, drowned during a ski trip in British Columbia after being swept into a lake by an avalanche. The body was never recovered.
2001: During the "War on Terrorism," U.S. President George W. Bush signed an executive order allowing secret military tribunals, "enhanced interrogation techniques" (e.g. water boarding) and life imprisonment without charge or trial of "all them foreigners that's out to get us." Many historians and political/military analysts believe that the policy actually created vastly more "terrorists" and enemies than would have otherwise existed if the long-established laws of war had been maintained. The policy also set a new unintended standard for how U.S. prisoners of war may be treated.