extreme blamism

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Leviticus 24:10-12

Lev 24:10 Now an Israelite woman’s son, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the people of Israel. And the Israelite woman’s son and a man of Israel fought in the camp,
Lev 24:11 and the Israelite woman’s son blasphemed the Name, and cursed. Then they brought him to Moses. His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.
Lev 24:12 And they put him in custody, till the will of Yahveh should be clear to them.

extreme blamism

One of the bad character traits of ancient Egypt was the tendency to blame their gods when things went wrong. This man was among the mixed crowd of families that went out with the Israelites, intending to make a new home in Israel once it was established in the promised land. But this man could not resist the urge to continue acting like his people did in Egypt. That meant engaging in extreme blamism, even blaming the gods for their problems. Unfortunately for him, blaming God for one’s problems is actually a major crime under the Mosaic covenant.

While the new covenant does not prescribe stoning as a deterrent for extreme blamism, it does strongly warn those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit. That sin is unpardonable in any age.

LORD, we know you are not the cause of our problems. No matter what goes wrong in our lives, may we have the wisdom to seek you, not blame you.

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