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Saturday, February 9 2019
A Bible Journey, 112: Who Blasphemes The Holy Name?
"My Name continually every day is blasphemed"
The English-language word "blasphemy" is from the Greek word, pronounced blasphemia, which means to speak harm. From a Biblical point of view, it means the utmost disrespect or defiance toward God.
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.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) established His Levite Priesthood for a Christian prophetic purpose (see A Bible Journey, 111: The Thousand Year Priesthood). 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 A Bible Journey, 79: The Hallowing Of The Priests). Their behavior was to be physically and spiritually clean (see A Bible Journey, 103: The Cleanliness Of 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 The Day Of Atonement: Deliverance Of The Passover Blood) 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 A Bible Journey, 100: The Flames Of Nadab and Abihu 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.
Fact Finder: How is Satan the ultimate blasphemer? Why does the name "Satan" mean accuser?
This Day In History, February 9
474: Zeno was crowned as co-Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (the East Roman Empire).
1267: The Synod of Breslau (at the time, a city in German-occupied Poland) ordered Jews to wear special caps in public (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1540: The first recorded horse race meeting in England was held at Roodeye Fields, Chester.
1555: The Bishop of Gloucester, John Hooper, was burned at the stake by English Roman Catholics for his "protestant" beliefs.
1667: The Truce of Andrusovo, a treaty between Poland and Russia that briefly ended their war for control of the Ukraine.
1674: King Charles II of England signed the Treaty of Westminster, bringing the war with the Dutch to a conclusion.
1757: The Treaty of Alinagar; it was the prelude to the British seizure of Bengal.
1788: The Habsburg Empire entered the Russo-Turkish War on the side of Russia (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1801: France and Austria signed the Peace of Luneville.
1807: Much to the astonishment of French Christians and Jews alike, a "Sanhedrin" (see also The Passed Over Pharisees and Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?) was established at the explicit orders of Napoleon Bonaparte. In return, the 40,000 Jews of France were expected to give up their efforts for a separate state in "Palestine" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1849: Giuseppe Mazzini proclaimed Rome a republic.
1917: During the First World War (1914-1918), the infamous Mata Hari (the stage name of a Dutch "exotic dancer"; her real name was Margaretha Zelle) was arrested by the French as a German spy. She was executed by firing squad in October of that year.
1934: The Balkan Entente was signed; a mutual defense agreement among Greece, Turkey, Romania and Yugoslavia to guarantee the signatories territorial integrity and political independence against attack by another Balkan state (i.e. Bulgaria or Albania). It proved ineffective against German influence during the 1930's and Adolf Hitler's arrogant treaty-ignoring aggression (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) leading up to and during the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1942: The French passenger liner Normandie burned and sank at its pier in New York City.
1950: During the "Red Scare" hysteria, predatory Senator Joseph McCarthy falsely accused the U.S. Department of State of being "filled with Communists." McCarthy and his character assassination tactics (see The Character Assassins) were later discredited and censured. McCarthy died of liver failure from many years of severe alcoholism at age 48.
1959: The Soviet R-7 Semyorka became operational as the first intercontinental ballistic missile (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1966: The National Hockey League (NHL) announced that it was expanding from 6 teams to 12. The original 6 teams (Toronto, Montreal, Detroit, Boston, New York and Chicago) would be joined by the California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis Blues.
1978: Canada expelled 13 Soviet "diplomats" after they tried and failed to infiltrate the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
1994: Nelson Mandela became the first black President of South Africa.