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Leviticus 24

Good Morning “Aiming for Sanctification of Each Other”.  Today we are in Leviticus 24.

If it’s action you’re looking for in Leviticus, you’ve found it in chapter 24.  

First, consider the command for the nation to participate in the continuous burning of the lamps.  They must bring the oil - which allows the Priest to continue to keep the lamp in the Tabernacle burning.  Their obedience resulted in light shinning within the tabernacle.  We don’t have to reach very far to see the correlation.  We are the Temple of The Living God - His Spirit shining brightly through us when we’re obedient, veiled when in rebellion.

Within the group that was driven out of Egypt in The Exodus were those that were NOT Hebrew, but yet believers.  Even amongst the Hebrews were those with messed up beliefs commingled with Pagan Egyptian ways.  This reality will help fuel Israel’s continued rebellion.  Perhaps you recall the story of the Golden Calf and the associated debauched worship. (Exodus 32)

 “Now the son of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father went out among the Israelites, and a fight broke out in the camp between him and an Israelite. The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name with a curse; so they brought him to Moses. (His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri the Danite.)” Leviticus‬ ‭24‬:‭10‬-‭11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This son, 1/2 Hebrew and 1/2 Egyptian blasphemed God. (dishonored, spoke against sacrilegiously) The book of Leviticus is clear - the nation of Israel was to be Sanctified, they were to grow up and into holiness.  Speaking against “The Name” (God) was not tolerated.  Furthermore the mention of the Hebrew moms name indicates dishonor for more than just the son.  Sin always affects more than just the offender.  Those who heard the blasphemy were literally required to deal with the offender in a very hands on fashion.  You gotta read it if you haven’t.

There was recognition that the community had a responsibility to deal with sin.  In our effort to put butts in seats and money in plates by preaching feel good messages, has the church lost that conviction?  As believers we are all members of the same family, called by the name of Christ.  Are we broken over the sin of other family members?  Are we more concerned with acceptance than encouragement to Holiness?  This is hard core I know.  Check out Hebrews 10:24 and ask yourselves what that looks like for us today.

Love you all!  Dig in!