blasphemed the name of the LORD
24:11 blasphemed the name of the LORD. In our modern age of rebellion against our Creator, this sin would hardly be noticed, it’s so common. Nevertheless, it is enormously evil for anyone to curse the God who has given Him “life, and breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25). Its guilt would surely be greatest of all for those who had seen God do so many mighty miracles, and had received God’s commandments directly on tables of stone. Such a person had cut himself off from his very reason for existence, and it would be best to terminate that existence before such gross sin could become contagious. Capital punishment would be entirely appropriate for so defiling a people called to be fully dedicated to God and who had voluntarily accepted the call (Exodus 24:3).