Day 232 - Num. 31

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We have read in chapters 22 to 25 how that the Midianites tried to separate God by Israel by using Balaam; and couldn't succeed. Then they tried to separate Israel from God by leading the men of Israel into immorality with the women of Midian, and partly succeeded. Balaam seemed to escape any punishment. But today, in verses 1-3 we see interesting statements. In verses 1-2 the Lord said to Moses, "avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites", but in verse 3, we read that Moses said to the people "avenge the Lord of Midian". So both were accomplished!
Then in verse 2 we learn that God wasn't going to let Moses die without his seeing this disgrace completely blotted out.
V. 3-12 Because God was working behind the scenes, it did not require a huge army, even if Midian was very powerful. Notice that Phinehas, the priest, accompanied the army! He was better than some great captain.
V. 13-24 The women were the cause of the sin, so Moses was angry because the officers were not destroying them. Nothing could be used by Israel which did not go through the fire, the judgment of God.
V. 25-54 When the Israelites had left the land of Egypt years before, they took with them much of the treasures of the land. Here they keep for themselves, and give part to the Lord, of the spoils of the enemies of the Lord. When they turned to Him in obedience, the Lord in His grace, brings in blessing.