(6) And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
John sees the wild and dangerous beast from the sea (political powers of the world) speaking words of blasphemy against the Lord. We have all heard of “blaspheming” the Lord, but what does that word really mean?
The words “blasphemy” and “blaspheme” in this verse comes from a Greek word that has several related definitions: 1. “to speak ill of”; 2. “to make a villain of”; 3. “to defame”; 4. “to be irreverent”; 5. “to bitterly complain”
By looking at all these definitions, in our context, we can see that blasphemy involves… “Taking away from the praise and honor that God deserves by speaking against Him”.
(In other words, blasphemous speech is irreverent speech that includes complaining about Him, fault-finding against Him, or defaming His person, character or works.)
Folks, let’s be honest… Normally, as Christians, we think that blasphemy is a sin that is reserved for those who do not have a relationship with the Lord. We think that only those who are spiritually dead, and yet under the bondage of sin, are capable of such a heinous sin.
But if we stop and think about the definition of blasphemy, we can quickly come to the conclusion that it is a sin not reserved for the lost, but can be committed by God’s people as well. Because we still possess a fallen sin nature within us, we are susceptible to taking honor away from our Lord.
How many times have we blasphemed our Lord in our thoughts, actions, or words? Three examples of this would be the sins of impatience, doubting, and acceptance of sin.
Stop and think about it, when we become impatient with His workings in our lives, we are declaring to others that our Lord is slow to act, uncaring of those in need, or totally uninvolved in the lives of His people. To give this impression to others is to blaspheme our Lord.
How about doubting the motives and methods of His workings? By this we are telling others our Lord is not reliable, perhaps He is not faithful to His promises, or He makes mistakes in His workings among us. Once again, this is clearly blasphemy.
The last sin we mentioned is that of acceptance of sin. When we do not take a stand against sin in our lives and the lives of those around us, we are basically saying our Lord does not absolutely hate sin, therefore He is not perfectly holy, He has no perfect standard by which we are to live, nor is He perfectly just in His acts of discipline or judgment. One more time… this is blasphemy.
Folks, we have just looked at three of MANY, MANY sins that when allowed in our lives, affects what others think about our Lord. Anytime our actions or words make others think less of our Lord, or question His greatness, we are committing blasphemy against Him. Also, when we allow our minds to go down paths that will lead us to think less of the Lord, we are blaspheming God to ourselves.
May we all be more conscious of the sin of blasphemy, and always ask ourselves these two questions…
“How will this action, speech or thought affects our own, or others, attitude about our Lord?…
Will any of us think more highly of Him, or will any of us begin to question His greatness and works among us?”
Col 3:8 KJV – “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: