Summary: Today, as we study the account in Numbers chapter 25 of God’s faithful soldier Phinehas we will see that Phinehas was a man who LOVED GOD! AND HATED SIN!
"SOLDIERS OF CHRIST ARISE! (LOVE GOD! HATE SIN!)"
TEXT: NUMBERS CHAPTER 25
As we study from the book of Numbers today we will be introduced to one of the GREAT HEROES of the Bible. He may be a someone that you have never heard of before, but after today you will never forget him. The first thing we want to do today is to do a brief background for our text.
In our study last week we discussed how the Israelites had lost their faith in God. How they no longer trusted God’s power, God’s provision or God’s promise.
And because they no longer trusted God, when they saw the great task they lay ahead of them (the taking of the promise land) they felt that victory depended on just their own abilities. And as they analyzed their weak and feeble abilities, they determined that they were no match for the people of the promise land and they therefore rebelled against God, refused to take the land and were forced to wander in the wildernesses for 40 years.
Our text today is in Numbers chapter 25, and here we find the Israelites nearing the end of their journey. They are completing the last year of their wilderness wandering and they are now camped right next to the Jordan river. From this spot Joshua would (as we read in the early chapters of the book of Joshua) lead the Israelites across the Jordan and into the promise land, to battle with Jericho and to conquer the land.
Their journey was nearly over and the land of promise was just across the river. The time of their punishment was a about to end, they were on the home stretch.
The years of wandering were not easy years. Over 1 million adults that had left Egypt under the power of God were now dead. Moses brother and sister, Aaron and Miriam were now dead. The wilderness years were years of hardships and grumbling, there were plagues and there were battles. But through it all God was with them, and God provided for them (food and water for 2 million people for 40 years). And now victory was just across the river.
If we were to enter the Israelite camp at this time we would expect to find a great amount of excitement and enthusiasm and we would expect to find a people who were rejoicing (dancing and singing) a people who were full of thanksgiving to God, because it was God who had brought them to this point.
That’s what we would expect to find, but as we study Numbers chapter 25, we will discover that this great scene of thankfulness is not at all what we find going on in the camp.
Today, as we study the account in Numbers chapter 25 of God’s faithful soldier Phinehas we will see that Phinehas was a man who LOVED GOD! AND HATED SIN!
And as we study this heroic moment in the life of Phinehas we should be challenged to follow his example.
I. WE LIKE PHINEHAS MUST WITHSTAND THE PULL OF SIN
A. Ever since the nation of Israel was delivered from the bonds of Egyptian slavery, her enemy was in fast pursuit to destroy them. We saw in Exodus how the mighty Pharaoh pursued them immediately in his war chariots after their deliverance.