Today in our secular world we find that movies, billboards, TV shows and more seem to “yawn” at the Ten Commandments but Leviticus 24 proves that God takes it seriously. A young man loses his temper in a fight, over what we are not told, but he utters a curse taking the Lord’s name in vain. Others hear of it and he is taken into custody. In today’s world that happens often but it is with a sigh and a yawn and our ears have become less inclined to understand the gravity of this sin. Perhaps it is because of that we come to this story and realize how serious God takes it. He is a jealous God and will not share his glory with another.
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.”
The young man is put into custody until a clear decision is made since it seems this was the first time for this occurrence. The Lord spoke to Moses on his decision; the young man is to be stoned. We see this as harsh but God sees it as a lesson that we are to learn. I AM the Lord and My Word is to be obeyed.
Question for us to ponder: Where are we disobeying this commandment by our words OR even by not correcting those who disobey it out of ignorance or choice? The commandment is clear-revere God and His Name.