ARE YOU SHARING HIM OR SHAMING HIM?
Lev 24:13 Then Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Lev 24:14 “Bring out of the camp the one who cursed, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him.
Lev 24:15 And speak to the people of Israel, and this is what you should say, whoever curses his God will be responsible for his mistake.
Lev 24:16 Whoever blasphemes the name of Yahveh will surely be put to death. All the congregation will stone him. The temporary resident as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, will be put to death.
his glorious reputation
In this incident, God directly clarifies his law, so that Moses and all Israel knows that blasphemy carries the death penalty, and that it applies to anyone who lives among the covenant community. The actual hearers of the blasphemy are to identify the criminal by placing their hands on his head, then the congregation will execute him by stoning. The reason this crime is considered so extreme is that the whole community lives by means of God’s redemption. The community lived to share his glorious reputation with the watching world. To blame him for one’s troubles was to rebel against his grace.
LORD, instill in us a fear of harming your glorious reputation, and a strong desire to enhance it and preserve it.