devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2339
Num 25:1 While Israel stayed in Shittim, the people began to prostitute themselves with the daughters of Moab.
Num 25:2 These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.
Num 25:3 So Israel yoked himself to Baal of Peor. And the anger of Yahveh was kindled against Israel.
Num 25:4 And Yahveh said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of the people and hang them in the sun in the sight of Yahveh, that the fierce anger of Yahveh may turn away from Israel.”
Num 25:5 And Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Each of you kill those of his men who have yoked themselves to Baal of Peor.”
What the Moabites could not accomplish by means of a prophet’s curse, they easily accomplished by seduction. But the fact that sexual promiscuity served as a gateway drug to outright rebellion here does not in any way excuse the Israelites who sinned. They are responsible for their actions, and their leaders are responsible for their lack of prevention.
The unequal yoke is a dangerous thing. Whether it is sexual partnership or business partnership, the ones we decide to partner with will influence us. God has determined to bless those who are distinctly his. When we blur the distinction, we endanger ourselves.
LORD, rid us of our lust for lives that are anything but distinctly yours.