Scripture reading for February 10th: Leviticus 24-27
Do you know that our speech is monitored by God? The Word of God states that we will answer on the day of judgment for every careless word that we speak! By our words we will be either justified or condemned! (Matthew 12:36-37) God cares about our speech and those who would be priests must watch their speech carefully. Better yet, they must watch their hearts, which is the source of speech. The lips of a priest must preserve knowledge and flow with God’s grace and wisdom. (Malachi 2:6-7) He is God’s messenger to instruct men.
A problem arose when the son of an Israelite woman and and Egyptian father got into a fight with an Israelite man. This son cursed the “Name” of God and he was brought before Moses for a judgment. Moses went before the Lord and inquired and God spoke to him concerning the action that was to be taken. This young man was to be taken outside the camp. All who heard him were to lay their hands on his head and then the entire assembly was to stone him. (Leviticus 24:13-16) This was to be an example that anyone, native or foreign, who blasphemed God would be put to death. This was God’s orders.
One of the ten commandments of God was to not take the Name of the Lord in vain. Many people think only of cursing or swearing when looking at this commandment. I believe it goes further than this. When someone claims to follow and know the Lord and then lives in rebellion to Him and His word, he is taking God’s Name in vain. Our profession is useless. “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in darkness.” (1st John 2:9)
Our speech is a good indicator of our heart. What is in our heart will come out. It is interesting that a fight brought blasphemy out of the one son but not out of the Israelite. What do you do when under stress or attack? What kinds of things come out of your mouth? Do others hear you using God’s Name in vain or cursing God by your speech? If you have a problem, confession and repentance are highly recommended! By your words you will be justified or condemned!