August 26, 2020

Numbers 31:1-end–In this chapter the LORD commanded Moses saying ” Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites, afterward shall thou be gathered unto thy people.” Moses carried out this order and the children of Israel killed all the males, five kings of Midian, and Balaam, son of Beor, they slew with the sword, but they took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods. Moses was wroth with the officers and said ” Have ye saved all the women alive? Behold, these caused the children of Israel , through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.”

Now we know what happened in the earlier chapter when after the LORD prevented Balaam from cursing the children of Israel, he used another method to cause the children of Israel to trespass  against the LORD. He lured them into worshiping their idol and also they were defiled by committing sexual immorality with them.  Moses brought their sin into their remembrance and warned them of a repeat of this situation if they kept the women alive. So he ordered all the women to be killed except the virgins.
We that are called by His name should be very careful in our day to day activities so that we don’t get lured into sin. See what carefree or careless attitude caused the children of Israel whom nobody could curse, but cursed themselves by trespassing against the Law of God. Balaam got his own punishment by being among the slain ones. Moses also was reminded that time to be gathered to his people was drawing close. He too sinned by striking the Rock instead of speaking to it to bring out water for the children of Israel.  Romans 6:23 says “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” We need to live a life that is pleasing unto God for us to enjoy all the blessings that God has in store for us. May the LORD help us to stay focused on Him so that we don’t open door for the enemy to come in to afflict us Every day is another day given to us to make it RIGHT. Let us remember that only God knows when our time will be up like that of Moses, and unfortunately not everyone will get that notice. I pray that when our own time comes, we will be found Ready to be with Him in Jesus Name, Amen. Shalom!!!

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