Morning devotion: Read psalm 106
Psalms 106:24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word: 25 But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD. 26 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness: 27 To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands. 28 They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. 29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them. 30 Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. 31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore. 32 They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: 33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
This section of Psalm 106 is sad section, as it reveals the fickleness of people and the dread that is accompanied to it.
Verses 24-27 speak of Numbers 13 and 14 where Israel refused to trust the Lord and go into the promise land. They fear the people of that land. In their fear, they turned against Moses and the LORD. In that anger and haste to rebel against the LORD they brought upon themselves a curse. God literally let them have their own way. They were destined to be destroyed in the wilderness while their own children would inherit the land of promise. (Read those chapters)
Verses 26-29 reveals another tragic story.
In numbers 24, there was King Balak (a Midianite) who hired a prophet named Baalam to curse Israel. They made their altars in the tops of the mountains and sought God to curse them. It did not work, instead God blessed Israel. God blessed his people.
When their scheme did not work, Baalam taught Balak how to destroy Israel from within. He told him to let his girls entice their boys and his boys entice their girls. They began to infiltrate the congregation. After a while Israel began to follow Balak’s kids and began to worship their idols. They fell into a wicked lifestyle of false worship and sexual exploitation. There is an old expression that says “If you can’t beat them, join them.” That is what was perpetrated here.
Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
In Numbers 25, we see Israel fell into the trap and as a result their came a plague upon Israel. An attempt was made to eradicate the plague. Them problem was that Israel would not stop mingling with the wrong people, they enjoyed their sin. On one occasion Zimri (an important person) brought Cozbi (an important Midianite woman) to Moses. Maybe they thought because of their importance they could sway Moses to live and let live.
Psalm 106: 29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions (ideas): and the plague brake in upon them. 30 Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. 31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.
In 2 Peter 2, they are described as natural brute beast who are unstable and cannot see the truth and speak evil of those things that they don’t understand.
Phineas could see through their ploy to deceive Moses with their pomp and ethos; He took action and stopped them in their tracks. Phineas, in his Zeal for the Lord acted and the plague was stopped.
As a result of his belief and zeal for the Lord, God blessed Phineas and the generations that follow him. His children and his children’s children were blessed because of Phineas’ belief in and zeal of the LORD.
Everybody has influence with somebody. Your beliefs and your actions make a difference in the life of someone else. While Phineas was a blessing to his family, the others in the book of Numbers were not. Don’t be enticed by sin. Learn to see the difference between what is sin and what is not. It makes all the difference in the world.
You can make a difference. Make that difference with the LORD.
The first step always starts with Jesus.
The choice is still yours,