“Then tell the people of Israel, ‘Whoever curses his God will bear the consequences of his sin; and whoever blasphemes the name of Adonai must be put to death; the entire community must stone him. The foreigner as well as the citizen is to be put to death if he blasphemes the Name. Anyone who strikes another person and kills him must be put to death.“-Leviticus 24:15-16
In gentile Christian literature, one can find all manner of imaginative and contrived ideas concerning what exactly blaspheming the Holy Spirit is.
However, none of this wild conjecture is necessary.
All we have to do is go to the TORAH, specifically Leviticus chapter 24 where we’re at right now, and with a little knowledge of Hebrew, we can piece together a fairly strong working definition of what blaspheming the Holy Spirit means and entails.
I remind you that the New Testament expects, no IT ASSUMES, that its readers already possess a foundational working knowledge of Torah terms and principles.
If you want to know what blasphemy is, then go to Leviticus.
Recall that the Hebrew word for blasphemy is NAQAB and it literally means to pierce.
Verse 15 says, “whoever blasphemes the name of YHWH must be put to death“.
Literally, this is saying “whoever pierces the name of YHWH must be put to death”.
But what does this mean exactly?
I think we get a good idea by looking at verse 17 where the penalty for murder is reiterated.
Verse 17 seems to be linked to the sin of blasphemy because it is the next thing discussed and both blasphemy and murder require the death of the violator.
In other words, just as there is no more violent crime that a man can commit against his fellow man than murder, there is no more violent crime that a man can spiritually commit against YHWH than blaspheming His Holy Name.
Actually by using the word NAQAB (pierce), the TORAH is telling us that blaspheming God’s Holy Name would be the spiritual equivalent of attempting to murder God.
And for this, there is no forgiveness, in this life or the next.
Notice also that the same rule is equally applied to both foreigners and the Israelites.
So yes, I see a strong if not identical connection between blaspheming God’s Holy Name and blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
Now practically speaking, what kind of actions would be the spiritual equivalent of attempting to murder God?
To put it simply, any action that misrepresents God (like disobeying His HOLY commandments), or to use His name or characteristics improperly.
How about this one?
Claiming that the Holy Spirit commanded you to do something when you know full well He didn’t.
Probably the ultimate blasphemy of the Holy Spirt of God is to deny Yeshua because as he himself said to deny me is to deny the Father and no man cometh unto to the Father but by me.
In Leviticus, there was neither earthly forgiveness nor some kind of substitutionary sacrifice available for the one who blasphemed the Name of God.
And according to the words of Yeshua Himself, there is no forgiveness nor substitutionary atonement available for the person who blasphemes the Holy Spirit.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“Also, everyone who says something
against the Son of Man will have it forgiven him;
but whoever has blasphemed
the Ruach HaKodesh will not be forgiven.”
“Behold, he cometh with clouds;
and every eye shall see him,
and they also which pierced him:
and all kindreds of the earth
shall wail because of him.
Even so, Amen.”