Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Spear of Phinehas

Numbers 25 tells of a terrible time in Israel's history. Verse one tells us of the men sinning with Moabite and Midianite women, both sexually and by joining them in false religion. Moses told his people to kill those who did this.

Moses did not schedule hearings or ask people to try not to do this any more, please. We're not talking about mistaken ideas on philosophic points. This is about burning babies alive to try to please a god that was not a god.

Moses said it plainly--kill such men. I'll begin at Numbers 25:6:

Then an Israelite man brought into the camp a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the tent of meeting. When Phinehas son of Eleazar , the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear into both of them, right through the Israelite man and into the woman's stomach. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.
Numbers 25:6-9, NIV

Today, of course, Phinehas would be arrested and tried for first degree murder. We have no Moses, but we do have Midianite women and those who lay with them. I believe it is called an alternative life style.

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