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And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.
THE ZEAL OF PHINEHAS AGAINST IMPURITY
Unable to curse Israel directly, Balaam suggested to Balak the device of destroying the union between Israel and their divine Protector by enticing them into sin. Once bring license and passion into play, and let the seductions of evil prevail, and surely the holiness of God would compel Him to withdraw His protection! This was a diabolical suggestion to gain his wage. See Rev_2:14.
The women of the land, notorious for their wantonness, seduced the men of Israel to join in the sensual rites of their worship. All did not fall into this sin. See Deu_4:3-4. But it brought terrible chastisement on the offenders, 1Co_10:8. You must amputate a gangrened limb.
For Phinehas, see Mal_2:4, etc. Let us come out of the world, cleansing ourselves from its filthiness! 2Co_6:14, etc. There are crises when love for God’s honor demands strenuous action, which never fails, as in the case of Phinehas, of an abounding recognition, Num_25:12.