In Psalm 106:30, we find the Psalmist outlining an event from Numbers 25:7-8, where a man named Phinehas executed judgment on the sins of Israel, and a plague that erupted as a result of their idolatry was stopped.
The Children of Israel disobeyed the Lord’s commands by mixing with the Moabite men and women and fornicating with them. In addition, they had sinned by worshipping their false gods. This resulted in a plague brought upon the camp of Israel. God had promised what would happen if they violated His commands.
Phinehas became jealous for God’s holy ways and stood and threw a spear into the camp, killing a Moabite woman and Israeli man. The two people died, and the plague ceased. Phinehas was zealous for God and holiness. His deed was remembered forever as righteousness. The Lord looked down and smiled upon Phinehas and his actions. He was pleased.
Executing Judgment On Sin
In the New Covenant, we know that Jesus has already judged our sins and taken them upon Himself. However, we are still weak vessels and living in a fallen world. We also have junk and baggage from our past that we have to put under the cross. Many of our life-controlling issues result from things in our past or even handed down from our parents and grandparents.
For me, insecurity, fear, and rejection have been familiar foes. I have confessed and repented, but I never understood how much God loved me and how he delighted in me. As a result, I didn’t walk in a life of Joy and rejoicing. Instead, I allowed a spirit of rejection to overtake me, and that led to insecurity and pride.
It caused me to make poor choices or not to be led by God. Ultimately, I had enough and put it under the blood and refused it to have reentry. I chose to trust Jesus and not doubt Him. Sometimes, when I doubted, He would show up suddenly with a provision or a breakthrough. I had persevered, but my faith was still weak.
I came across the spear of Phinehas in my reading one day and applied it to prayer and intercession. More recently, I have understood that God wants us to live a life with the same zeal as Phinehas on my sins or life-controlling issues. God is jealous for all of our attention and love.
God’s Zeal For Us
He wants to always be first in everything we do. If He tells us to do something then fear or insecurity are not options. W must proceed with obedience and with a heart to obey out of love and not works. Often, works come from a feeling of having to prove ourselves by overcoming things like rejection, insecurity, fear, and pride.
God is jealous for us to put Him first. He is jealous of our time, attention, talents and He wants to spend time with us. He is always wanting to spend time with us. As Christ-followers we are commanded to love Him above all others. Really? Yes all others, including ourselves. When we allow a spirit of rejection back in or we choose doubt and unbelief in an instant we open the door for the enemy to once again bring in fear and insecurity to say the least.
We need to be like Phinehas, and no matter what others say or do we have to maintain a Holy zeal to walk in the ways and manners of God. If we deal with each thought as Phinehas did with the spear, then we would have the mind of Christ.
Philippians 2:5 “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6- who existing in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, 7- but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, 8- and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. KJV
We need to lay our lives down for Christ as He laid His down for us. What I am talking about is radical, but that is what it means to be a true disciple of Christ. Becoming a zealous disciple means we are like Phinehas, who displayed the heart to execute justice on the sin in the camp. Before we can help others, a city or a nation, with their problems, we have to radically deal with our sins, issues, and whatever is holding us back.
Discipleship Means Obedience With Joy
Serving Jesus is not always easy, and it is indeed difficult to have a lifestyle of Joy. But when we sign up to follow Him, that is what we are saying. We choose to rejoice, whether we are suffering or experiencing the fullness of His joy over us.
Jesus went to the cross joyfully for us, so I believe we need to choose righteousness and joy for Him and His kingdom.
Haven’t you had enough of the enemy beating you up, telling you that you are no good and that God has forsaken you? Are you tired of hearing those voices telling you you are better than them and you can do it better than them?
Instead, tell those voices to cease and desist and leave and choose to rejoice that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalm 139:14
Meditate on the word of God and how He formed you and made you. You are uniquely you. There is no one exactly like you, even if you are a twin. Spend some time, a lot of time enjoying what He says about you. Understand how important you are to the Kingdom, and quit identifying with your past or who the enemy says you are.
It’s time for you to be radical and zealously resist the enemy and joyously follow Jesus and His commands from a place of love and rest.