How do I want to be remembered?
What legacy do I want to leave behind?
When I read Numbers 25, it causes me to stop and take notice.
The Israelites have landed in Moab and they are ready to party.
There are these enticing Moabite women who invite them to feast at the sacrifices of their gods, one of them being Baal.
They must have forgotten what happened after the calf incident.
They are soon to get a reminder
God spoke to Moses: “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them, and expose them in broad daylight before the Lord, so that the Lord’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.”
Lest we think this is too harsh. Think again.
Israel continues to dismiss and despise the one true and holy God in their sin. God could just wipe the whole lot of them out, but he doesn’t.
While all of this is going on, right in front of the entire assembly, an Israelite named Zimri, takes a Midianite woman named, Kozbi into the tent.
Let’s just say they didn’t go there to play chess.
Phinehas, Aaron’s grandson saw this and was offended on behalf of God.
In righteous anger and because God had required death to the idolaters, Phinehas went into the tent and speared both of them through.
This ended the plague that had killed 24,000 Israelites and brought praise from God because Phinehas was zealous for God and turned his anger away from Israel.
The over all focus here is obviously about Israel being so easily led astray once again to foreign gods and immorality.
But I see something else.
There are three names listed here that will forever be known in God’s word for all to read.
Two will be known as those who defied God in the presence of His people and died in a sinful act.
One will be known as a man zealous enough for God to follow through with action.
My question today is this:
If I died today, what would I want to be remembered for?
I can tell you right now, I want to be the one remembered for having a loyal love for the God who is above all others.
May I be as faithful as Phinehas!.