Leviticus 24 is a short chapter covering two very different topics. The first is on bread and oil while the second focuses on killing a blasphemer. Go figure. There’s nothing much to say on the first topic. God sends down some instructions on using oil for lamps and making bread. Let me focus on the second topic.
“The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name with a curse; so they brought him to Moses.” – Leviticus 24:11
This sets up the story.
“Then the Lord said to Moses: ‘Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him. Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who curses their God will be held responsible; anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord is to be put to death. The entire assembly must stone them. Whether foreigner or native-born, when they blaspheme the Name they are to be put to death.’’” – Leviticus 24:13-16
The all mighty, all powerful God is so fearful of one person blaspheming His name that He has the person put to death. Is God (or the authors believing in God) so afraid of their faith faltering? Is their faith so weak they can’t hear dissenting views? If God is truly powerful, the faith people have in Him should be strong enough to overcome the simple words of one individual. If God is the truth, it doesn’t matter what others say. You don’t see scientists killing the climate change deniers. The scientists rely on the science informing the people. If the science is strong, it doesn’t matter what the climate change deniers say. Facts are facts even if one doesn’t believe them. Science is far more moral than God.
“Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death.” – Leviticus 24:17
Wait a second? The previous verse has God commanding people to kill. The very next verse God says don’t kill. Make up your mind God! I guess God is now saying all of the people who stoned someone to death must now be put to death. Logic was never God’s strong suit.
That concludes Leviticus 24. God is so weak that He must silence a dissenter. God says to kill but then commands not to kill. Yeah, makes sense. 🙂
Coming Soon: Leviticus – Chapter 25: The Year of Jubilee