Pinchas (Phinehas)

Numbers 25:10 And יהוה spoke to Moses saying, 11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned away את־ My wrath from the Children of Israel, because while he was zealous for את־ My sake among them, so I did not consume את־ Children of Israel in My jealousy. C-MATS

Question: How did Phinehas turn away את־ wrath?  The righteous act by Phinehas the Levite actually became responsible for turning away יהוה Father’s zealous את wrath from את Children of Israel and goes on to say that Phinehas, he was zealous for את־ My sake among them. As a reward to Phinehas יהוה Father enters into an את Covenant of Peace and a Covenant of Everlasting Priesthood with him and his descendants forever. It is interesting to note that in 1 Chron 6:4-14 in listing the priestly descendants of Phinehas all of them have a Aleph/Tav את Symbol in front of their name signifying the את Covenant of Peace with יהוה Father and ends only with their going into captivity into Babylon. C-MATS

Question: How did David describe Phinehas? Psalms 106: 28 They joined themselves also to Baal-peor and ate the sacrifices made to the dead. 29 So they provoked Him to anger with their doings; and the plague broke in upon them. 30 Then stood up Phinehas and executed judgment; and so the plague was stayed. 31 And that was reckoned to him for righteousness, to all generations forevermore. C-MATS

 Question: How did the Israelites react to Phinehas killing another Israelite? Phinehas had put an end to a devastating plague that had taken 24,000 lives in retribution for the orgy of immorality with the Moabite and Midianite women. Instead of applauding him, however, the people accused him of wanton murder. In response, יהוה declared that, far from murder, Phinehas had committed an act that had saved countless lives. Indeed, יהוה called him a descendant of Aaron, who was distinguished for his love of mankind and the pursuit of peace. And what was more, יהוה rewarded him (v. 12) by appointing him a Kohen, which denoted a covenant of peace, not death.

Question: It is better to seem foolish in the eyes of people all our lives than to be destructive in the eyes of יהוה for even a moment. What does this mean? Our focus in life shouldn’t be on winning other people’s praise and approval, rather we should act according to our true values by doing what is right in יהוה’s eyes. Even if it means people mocking or disapproving of us, it is the price a spiritually attuned person is willing to pay.

Spiritual Exercise: Stand up for what is right even if you may lose friends.

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#41 Phinehas