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As I mentioned before I'm reading through the Bible chronologically in 90 days. Well in just these last 3 weeks I've finished Genesis, Job, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. I'm a little behind in my reading and if I wasn't I would of also finished Deuteronomy by now! Following this reading schedule has been such a blessing, because I'm spending a longer amount of time in the Word. Before if I was tired or something I'd read a chapter or two and say ok I did my reading for the day. But now I'm reading 10 or more chapters a day! And on the days I'm playing catch up I end up reading 20 or even 30 chapters in a day! The thing is though I'm not just reading to read, the Lord is showing me things through this reading that I need to work on in myself or that I need to do.
I'm supposed to be on day 21, but today I want to share with you something I picked up on day 17. On day 17 part of my reading was in Numbers 25, the part that really stood out to me was verses 1-13:
"And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel. And the Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor. And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel."
Just as in the days of the Israelites there are people who try to pervert the truth of God or try to deny God all together. We can look all around and see the suffering this has caused, especially in our own country. But what if people rose up against the immorality like Phinehas did? Now I'm not suggesting we go kill people!
But what I am saying is what if we stood up for what the Bible says? What if we looked sin in the face and said no we will not be tolerant of it. No we will not allow it in our "camp"! How much could be accomplished by those of us that took God's side over the side of the world?
We don't have to go and stand out in parks with picket signs, but we could be more conscious of the companies that we support that fund organizations that go against God's Word. Or we could change certain things we do in our homes, what we teach our children, the things we allow our children to watch or listen to.
For me personally I plan to be more conscious of who I'm giving my money to. Because financial support is a huge deal for any organization. I think we've all heard the saying "hit em where it hurts, in their pockets"! well it's true. When something can't get funded it can't survive! By myself I don't think I'll defund any ungodly organization. But if all believers stood up against these organizations we could certainly see change.
What are you willing to do to stand firmly on God's side?
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