the First Week of Advent
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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
“Hallowed be thy name.”
We shall now read a brief incident, very terrible to think upon, and full of solemn teaching to us all. May the Holy Spirit enable us to profit by it.
Leviticus 24:10-16 , Leviticus 24:23 ,
Among the people of God there are some who are not altogether of Israel, they are in heart Egyptians or lovers of sin, and yet they are near of kin to true believers, and mingle freely in their gatherings.
Observe that the words ”of the Lord” are not in the original. He blasphemed the name. Now there is given among us a name which is above every name, a name at which every knee shall bow, and woe shall be unto the man who shall lightly esteem the name of Jesus.
Bad men shame their mothers. May we never do that.
It is not for us to judge unbelievers except as we have the Lord’s warrant for it from his own mouth. Utterances against the name and glory of the Lord Jesus should, however, strike us with horror, and lead us to consider what will be the doom of those who utter them.
No ordinary punishment could meet the despiser’s case: he must die. There is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved, and as the offender had done despite to that blessed name, he must be suddenly destroyed, and that without remedy. We should be unfaithful if we held out even the slightest hope of eternal life to those who despise the name of Jesus. Rather must all the faithful lay their hands upon the unbeliever’s head, as assenting and consenting to his just punishment. Mercy there is in Jesus, but those who put him away from them bringdown their blood upon their own heads.
No other end is decreed for a blasphemer of “the name” than death, swift and terrible. Those awful words of the apostle which we will now quote, ought to sink down into every heart, and move us to reverent obedience “to the name of Jesus.
Jesus, the name high over all,
In hell, or earth, or sky;
Angels and men before it fall,
And devils fear and fly.
Jesus, the name to sinners dear,
The name to sinners given,
Woe to the man who will not hear
Th’ ambassador from heaven.
“The year of my redeemed is come.”
Leviticus 25:8-17 , Leviticus 25:25-28 , Leviticus 25:39-42
The preaching of the Gospel is a proclamation of a spiritual jubilee. Jesus our great Highpriest has preached deliverance to the captive, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Now, even now, each believer keeps his jubilee. Note that the jubilee began on the evening of the day of atonement; our Lord’s atoning work is the fountain-head of our holy joy.
The Jews could overreach each other by selling the lease of their lands for forty-nine years, whereas the seven seventh years were not “years of the fruits,” but sabbatic years, and therefore the Lord enacts that the sabbatic years shall not count in the estimate. In our buying and selling let us be scrupulously just, lest we provoke the Lord.
Blessed be God, we have a near “kinsman” who has redeemed our lost inheritance for us.
Our lost possession is now restored to us, and we have obtained even more than Adam forfeited.
Thus by the gospel jubilee we are set free, with the true liberty. Now know we the meaning of the Lord’s words, “the year of my redeemed is come.” Have all in this house kept the jubilee? If not, the Lord grant that we may.
Jesus our great High Priest,
Hath full atonement made;
Ye weary spirits, rest;
Ye mournful souls, be glad!
The year of jubilee is come:
Return, ye ransom’d sinners, home.
Ye who have sold for nought
The heritage above,
Receive it back unbought,
The gift of Jesus’ love;
The year, &c.
Ye slaves of sin and hell,
Your liberty receive;
And safe in Jesus dwell,
And blest in Jesus live;
The year, &c.