Posted by: Larry Hoekman | April 18, 2017

Psalms — Psalm 106:24-48 – Are You Like Phinehas?

Day 2727: Back to Psalms after a few Easter devotionals!

Scripture:  Then they (Israel) despised the pleasant land; they did not believe His word, but complained in their tents, and did not heed the voice of the Lord, and ate sacrifices made to the dead. Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds, and the plague broke out among them. Then Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was stopped. And that was accounted to him for righteousness to all generations forevermore.

They angered Him also at the waters of strife, and they mingled with the Gentiles and learned their works; they served their idols, which became a snare to them. They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons, thus they were defiled by their own works, and played the harlot by their own deeds.

Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against His people, so that He abhorred His own inheritance.  Nevertheless, for their sake He remembered His covenant. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord!  Excerpts from Psalm 106:34-48

Thoughts/questions: This was a very bad time for the country of Israel – remind you of another country going through a tough time? And they provoked Him to anger with their deeds.

BUT along came an unknown, Phinehas, who apparently stood alone in His belief in God and intervened on behalf of his people and God stopped the plague! Soon Christ followers may be asked to stand alone even in the U.S. No matter where we live, when the time comes, let us all commit to be a Phinehas!

Suggested Prayer: Almighty God, if there ever comes a time in which I need to stand up for You, may I be found obedient . . .

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