"And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death."
An Israelitish woman named Shelomith had a son that blasphemed the name of the Lord. They put him under guard until the mind of the Lord was showed to Moses. The chapter then tells the horror of being stoned to death over this sin. I sat for a few moments thinking "Why did this need to be done?" Then I saw it. Was this sin of blasphemy not used against Christ himself? Did not the Jewish leaders falsely accuse him of blasphemy, and condemn to death as this law commanded? The Savior knew the role he would play, and the very law he gave them made those that knew him not, use it against him. Before his death he gave the higher law to replace this. I just wept for the Lord was setting up his own death in giving this law, which he himself, as the Son of God was innocent of breaking.