An enemy of the Israelites, one who feared their size, one who was threatened by their God... used a subversive tactic to weaken their tribes. Women were sent to distract and dilute Israel's power by tempting the men, by leading them to worship the idol Baal.
And the Lord's anger burned against them. For He is a God that requires all of our heart. He is a God that will uphold, defend, and reward those who earnestly seek Him. But He will not tolerate idolatry.
So when Phinehas zealously defended the honor of God, he was recognized before all Israel; he was rewarded wth a covenant of peace.
Imagine how our lives might change if we too were zealous for the honor of God; if we would defend His holy name and dispense with all idols in our life. How I would rejoice for a covenant of peace over my life, my children, and my children's children.
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