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January 9, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Genesis 27-29
Audio: Genesis 27-29

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Numbers 25 (ESV)

While Israel lived in Shittim, the people began to whore with the daughters of Moab. These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel yoked himself to Baal of Peor. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel. And the Lord said to Moses, “Take all the chiefs of the people and hang them in the sun before the Lord, that the fierce anger of the Lord may turn away from Israel.” And Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Each of you kill those of his men who have yoked themselves to Baal of Peor.”

And behold, one of the people of Israel came and brought a Midianite woman to his family, in the sight of Moses and in the sight of the whole congregation of the people of Israel, while they were weeping in the entrance of the tent of meeting.When Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose and left the congregation and took a spear in his hand and went after the man of Israel into the chamber and pierced both of them, the man of Israel and the woman through her belly. Thus the plague on the people of Israel was stopped.Nevertheless, those who died by the plague were twenty-four thousand.

10 And the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, has turned back my wrath from the people of Israel, in that he was jealous with my jealousy among them, so that I did not consume the people of Israel in my jealousy. 12 Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace, 13 and it shall be to him and to his descendants after him the covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the people of Israel.’”

14 The name of the slain man of Israel, who was killed with the Midianite woman, was Zimri the son of Salu, chief of a father’s house belonging to the Simeonites.15 And the name of the Midianite woman who was killed was Cozbi the daughter of Zur, who was the tribal head of a father’s house in Midian.

16 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 17 “Harass the Midianites and strike them down, 18 for they have harassed you with their wiles, with which they beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of the chief of Midian, their sister, who was killed on the day of the plague on account of Peor.”

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  1. While Israel lived in Shittim, the people began to whore with the daughters of Moab. Numbers 25:1

    Tired of Hearing about Sin?

    Over the years I have heard people complain about how often sin is preached from the pulpit. Interestingly, I'm surprised at how little it is in many churches today. But if we read the Word of God from beginning to end, it's just the opposite. 

    Nearly seven hundred times the word sin (sins, sinned, sinning, sinful) appears in the ESV. In addition, there are references to specific sins even when the word "sin" doesn't appear in the text. There are also other words used to describe rebellion against God and "whoring" after other gods (or people) which brings the total to well over a thousand times. When we scrutinize the attitudes and actions of all the people mentioned in the Bible, there are thousands of references to sin (that is, except Jesus Christ). 

    When we think of God wiping out nearly every living creature from the face of the earth because every intention of their heart was evil continually (Genesis 6:5); when we read of the daily sacrifices in the Old Testament to atone for the sin of the people of God; and we read of God's wrath being poured out on His people through plagues and serpents because of sin, it's clear sin matters to God. 

    If the Bible mentions sin so often and goes into great detail about how God dealt with it, why is so much teaching void of sin? Why when it's mentioned do so many just touch on it while spending the majority of teaching on God's blessings?

    It's true God certainly does love to bless us. He loves to show mercy and grace too. But if sin is not properly exposed and expounded on (as it is in Scripture), salvation easily becomes about us instead of on God and His mercy on people who only deserve justice and to experience the weight of His wrath. 

    While we don't want to focus on sin (as that can become and idol/sin itself), we do want to recognize the areas of our lives where we fall short and make the necessary changes to honor God in every area of our lives.

    Today's chapter should be a reminder of us that sin was serious to God and it still is just as serious. In Christ we are saved from the punishment of our sin but if we keep on sinning and there is no conviction of the Holy Spirit, if there is no victory over sin and no desire to stop sinning, then we need to reevaluate our understanding of sin, Jesus' death on the cross and what it means to be born again and bearing fruit in keeping with repentance. 

    Here is a great interview with John Piper (Desiring God) where he talks about what made it okay for God to kill women and children in the Old Testament:

    https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-made-it-okay-for-god-to-kill-women-and-children-in-the-old-testament

    I pray we take sin seriously so we have a better understanding of the mercy and grace shown to us in Christ Jesus. May our love for God and others propel us to not grieve the Holy Spirit by gratifying the desires of our sinful nature. 

    May we walk in newness of life!
     

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