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Numbers 25

Good Morning “Always Vigilant for the Attack.”  Today we are in Numbers 25.

God frustrated the attempts of Balak to curse Israel through Balaam - in numbers 24.  Isn’t it interesting that when we get to Numbers 25, the men of Israel are sinning in such a way that they bring curse on themselves.  God is faithful to protect Israel from harm.  However, when they succumb to temptation and willingly unite with Satan God does not stop them.  Why am I that harsh with the language I’m using?  

Check it out, read the passage if you haven’t already.  That’s what they were doing. It’s all tied together.  Choosing sin is choosing to play ball with Satan.  The Moabite women were combining their time with the Israelite men together with the worship of their gods.  ”So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them.“ Numbers‬ ‭25‬:‭3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Talks cheap, and God doesn’t want it.  Actions speak louder than words.  He is a jealous God who wants and expects ALL of our hearts.  When we accept Him as Lord of our lives, through salvation in Christ; recognize He’s Lord of EVERY part of our lives - not just the little labeled parts we want him to have.  The Jesus bumper sticker I run, cross neckless or t-shirt I wear or “religious” tattoo I get isn’t enough.  In fact those things are more of an abomination if your life doesn’t reflect Jesus.  

Notice the hero here.  Aaron’s grandson Phinehas saves the day with his zealous obedience.  Notice also the identification of the couple Phinehas killed.  The Israelite man and the Midianite woman were both leaders among their people. Their “Leadership Badge,” their “Family Name”, on full display and dishonored by their abomination.  It means nothing but disgust to be called Gods chosen but be united with Satan.

Our sin never ONLY affects us.  Be on guard, always vigilant, anticipating attack for we do NOT wage war against flesh and blood.  (Ephesians 6:12) What association does good have with evil? Christ with Satan? (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

Love you all!  On guard!