The Spear of Phineas and God’s Zeal in Intercession
Lately, it seemed like we were in a whirlwind in our lives. Busy, busy, busy, trying to do all the things we normally do plus tending to other things and situations that had cropped up all came at once. It seemed like we were having a plague of bad car problems, with no end. I know we have to tend to our vehicles and maintain them but what was happening was very unusual and all at once. After spending a thousand or more dollars on one car on multiple problems we purchased a second vehicle as we had only had one vehicle for almost a year, and felt it was time to purchase a second vehicle. God had blessed us and were able to pay cash. But, I never made it home with that second vehicle, as it blew out a seal on the transmission and ultimately burned up before I knew what was happening. While we didn’t have to pay for those repairs I felt something was going on in the spirit to try to steal the money God had blessed us with for kingdom work.
So, one morning at about 5 a.m,. I went to the kitchen table where I usually have morning devotions before prayer and intercession. The Lord took me to Psalm 106: 30-31.
“Then Phinehas stood up and interposed, and the plague was stayed. Verse 31
And it was reckoned to him for righteousness for all generations forever.”
Immediately the word interposed stood out to me and so I looked it up as well as I looked back at the passages in Numbers that deal with this story. Phinehas was the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the high priest of Israel. Numbers chapters 24 and 25 tell us the story of Balaam, Balak of Peor, the Moabites, the Midianites, the sins of the children of Israel, and what Phinehas did.
When Balam couldn’t curse the Children of Israel for Balak he told Balak the way to bring about their downfall was to entice them away, to fornicate with the foreign women and to fall into idolatry. That is exactly what happened as the men of Israel went after the Moabite and Midianite women, and they bowed to their gods and aroused the Lord’s anger. Nos. 25:3
In Numbers 25:7 we read that when Phineas saw it he arose and took a spear or javelin and killed a man from Israel and woman of Midian in the tent, and the plague that had broken out was stopped. Now, I didn’t have a plague of sickness or anything like that or idolatry but the enemy was definitely trying to drain our bank account so we couldn’t finance kingdom work. But I did stand and intercede with the mighty word of God to end the car problem plague. Verse 11 tells us that God said Phinehas was zealous for God’s zeal. WE need to be zealous with God’s zeal to stand and hit the target with our prayers.
The word ‘interpose’ is translated as intercede or pray in other translations. But I believe that word highlights what was taking place. Phineas’ act of thrusting the spear through the idolaters was an act of zeal for God’s righteousness, and holiness. It was true standing in the gap.
It is clear that there are some in the church that have fallen into the doctrine of Balam and have brought in things of the world into homes, businesses, and worst of all the worship services. Sometimes the church doesn’t look any different than the world. Often we bring things into our lives subtly, because the enemy works that way.
We need intercessors to rise up with a fresh holy zeal sent from heaven to stand and ‘interpose’ for those situations where the enemy is robbing our families, churches, ministries, businesses, etc. WE need to thrust the spiritual spear of Phineas into the things that are plaguing us. Use the word of the Lord and hit the target. We need intercession that has God’s heart, and is zealous to see His heart and will performed in all the earth.
It’s not so much a “spiritual spear” as it is the zeal we have and the zeal to be precise and specific in our prayers and petitions. James Goll calls it ‘Target Practice.” It is simply hitting the mark, praying the word and getting specific in bringing the Father’s Heart in our prayer and intercession. It is vitally important that we hit the mark as Phineas with zeal as often the ones we are praying for cannot.
The recent events in the United States, everything from COVID-19 to the elections and in between has one again caused many to call for special prayer. Much of that prayer has focused on the reelection of President Donald Trump. While there have been some voices calling for repentance and citing 1 Chronicles 7:14, there has been little mention of exactly what needs to be repented of.
Intercession requires us to stand in the gap and make up the hedge. If the hedge of protection is broken down then why? Where and how was it broken down. We have to stand in the gap that the enemy has exposed until it is once again closed and built up by God the Father. Understanding what went wrong begins by asking what went wrong with the church, the ‘Bride of Christ.’ How did we get here? The church has become complacent and full of compromise. For many Sunday morning is a time to socialize have have a ‘feel good’ message. When we are never challenged to take up our Christ and suffer as Christ suffered then we carnal lives and become spiritually lazy and full of compromise.
The problem God has now with America is the same problem that He has with the nations. It is the same problem that He had with Israel when the prophets arrived on the scene and prophesied. Godlessness, unfaithful, idolatrous, and wicked were the words that God used to describe Israel and the nations. Israel became unfaithful whenever she compromised and turned to broken cisterns and idolatrous ways. America used to be the number one nation sending people out to the nations to ‘disciple’ the nations, or what we often call missions. That rank now belongs to South Korea and likewise they are sending missionaries to America. Many nations are coming to America to bring the Gospel.
The irony is that we have been playing church and not living it. It’s tine for zealous intercessors to rise up and stand firmly in the gap as Phineas stood when he interposed. It is time to see this unfaithful generation turn back to God. NO single man or government for that matter can save us. We have a king and we owe Him our loyalty first. We must pray for all of our leaders and our nation as a whole. Revival and Awakening will only come when we allow Jesus to be the KIng that we say He is. That means complete and total submission to His will!
I pray that every one who reads this will take up the task of intercession with the Heart of the Father, with fresh zeal, a zeal like that of Phineas. Amen