“…that the Word of God may not be blasphemed.” (Titus 2:5) This is the last section of this part of the series and it explains the reason WHY it’s so important to follow the path the Lord has set before us as women.
There are 7 places in the New Testament that speak of blasphemed. They all mean the same thing which is: to vilify; specially, to speak impiously:–(speak) blaspheme(-er, -mously, -my), defame, rail on, revile, speak evil. It is interesting how this word is used within each of the places.
The first place is in Acts 18:1-6. Paul has gone to Corinth where he met Priscilla and Acquila. He spent time making tents but also teaching (or trying to teach) the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. The Jews opposed and blasphemed so Paul shook his garments and said he was done with the Jews, now he was going to the Gentiles.
The second place is in Rom. 2:17-24. Here Paul is talking to the Romans about how they teach people and say it’s wrong to do something yet they do it themselves (do as I say not as I do). In doing this they blaspheme the name of God!
The third place is in 1 Timothy 6:1. Paul is talking to bondservants that are under the yoke of bondage to count their masters worthy of all honour so that the name of God would not be blasphemed. It is of utmost importance that the employers are honoured otherwise the name of God is being blasphemed.
The fourth place is in Titus 2:5. We are addressing this part right now.
The fifth, sixth, and seventh places are in Revelation 16:9,11,21. I put these three together because they are together in that mankind is being judged and refuses to turn to God. God pours out His judgment first of all by scorching men with a great heat. Instead of turning to God, mankind begins blaspheming God. Next, (verse 11) mankind blasphemes God because of the pain and the sores they have instead of repenting of their evil deeds. Finally, in verse 21, men blasphemed God because the judgment of hail was very great.
This puts the perspective of not being sober, not loving our husbands, not loving our children, not being discreet, not being chaste, not being keepers at home, not being good and not being obedient to our own husbands in the same category as those who will blaspheme God because of the judgments God will pour out upon them. This then shows that we are behaving in the same wicked way as those in Revelation 16. Ladies, how many times have we seen that the heart is what is most important? For instance, if we hate someone it is the same as murdering them (Mt. 5:21228). If we lust after someone, it is the same as committing adultery (Mt. 5:27-28) . Gluttony and drunkeness are listed together that will cause poverty. Also if you look at the meaning of drunkeness it is the same word that is used to mean: to be loose morally (Proverbs 23:21). Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, stubborness is as iniquity and idolatry (1 Sam. 15:23) and a lazy person is the same thing as a person who is a great destroyer (Proverbs 18:9). The Bible shows that the sins of the heart are just as bad as the actual sins that have been committed. We are told in Proverbs 4:23 to, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”
It is time for us to change according to God’s plan NOT according to what we think we should do. Ladies, let us not blaspheme the name of God but let’s be willing to make God’s will our will within our lives and within our family’s lives!