Leviticus 24* Oil for the lamps, The shew-bread. (1-9) The law of blasphemy,blasphemer is stoned. (10-23)1-9 The loaves of bread typify Christ as the Bread of life, andthe food of the souls of his people. He is the Light of hischurch, the Light of the world; in and through his word thislight shines. By this light we discern the food prepared for oursouls; and we should daily, but especially from sabbath tosabbath, feed thereon in our hearts with thanksgiving. And asthe loaves were left in the sanctuary, so should we abide withGod till he dismiss us. 10-23 This offender was the son of an Egyptian father, and anIsraelitish mother. The notice of his parents shows the commonill effect of mixed marriages. A standing law for the stoning ofblasphemers was made upon this occasion. Great stress is laidupon this law. It extends to the strangers among them, as wellas to those born in the land. Strangers, as well as nativeIsraelites, should be entitled to the benefit of the law, so asnot to suffer wrong; and should be liable to the penalty of thislaw, in case they did wrong. If those who profane the name ofGod escape punishment from men, yet the Lord our God will notsuffer them to escape his righteous judgments. What enmityagainst God must be in the heart of man, when blasphemiesagainst God proceed out of his mouth. If he that despised Moses'law, died without mercy, of what punishment will they be worthy,who despise and abuse the gospel of the Son of God! Let us watchagainst anger, do no evil, avoid all connexions with wickedpeople, and reverence that holy name which sinners blaspheme.
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