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Dr. June Normil
Numbers 25 describes a rebellion that arose among God's people in which they became involved in the worship of the Canaanite god Baal. Such worship included acts of sexual immorality (Numbers 25:1-3). This revolt originated with Balaam, a false prophet who was well-known throughout the region (see Numbers 22:1-6;31:16; Revelation 2:14). King Balak had hired Balaam to curse Israel because he felt threatened by the vast number of God's people. Through this revolt, the Moabites seduced some of the Israelites into idolatry. One of Israel's spiritual downfall is described in Numbers 25:6-9. An Israelite and a Midianite woman were engaging in sexually explicit Canaanite worship practices in the Tent of Meeting. Phineas responded to this brazen act of sin by executing them with a javelin. Phineas's action were brutal but necessary. Idolatry and immorality threatened Israel, the nation chosen by God to bring the light of His truth to the world. Such sins were an affront to God and an insult to His name, and could not be allowed in their midst. Phinehas defended the honor of God (verse 11), turning God's anger away from the people. While we will never face the kind of sitution Phinehas confronted, as our battles are spiritual in nature, we can learn from him. His values and priorities were in the right place, he was passionate about God, and he did not hesitate to defend his conviction that God must be honored and sin must be uprooted.
BE ZEALOUS FOR GOD ( JOhn 2:13-17; Romans 12:11)
Zeal is a spiritual fire that impacts every area of life. In our hearts, our home and families, our workplaces, and our communities, we need Spirit-empowered passion to keep us focused on the Lord and committed to His kingdom. Ponder the example provided by Phinehas, who stood boldly for righteousness and became a man known for his commitment to the Lord. Take time for honest self-examination to see where you need to make adjustments to maintain your zeal for the Lord. Perhaps that means altering your priorities to make time for Scriptures, prayer, and service to the Lord. As you focus on Him, increasing in zeal, God may bring honor to His kingdom.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 98 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug. 2017 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil