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Today’s Truth

But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked.

(Psalm 106:30)

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Phineas and Ferb was one of my absolute favorite cartoon shows when my kids were little. Seriously. The plots were intriguing, and the characters had whimsy, depth and layer after layer of peculiar personality. To top it off, they had a pet platypus named Perry who was actually a secret agent.

Is that not epic? I mean, c’mon! I want me a secret agent pet platypus too!

It was one of those shows clearly and creatively crafted for both children and their parents. The writers of Phineas and Ferb didn’t forget the fact that mom and dad were watching. They remembered us, and cleverly wove subtle humor into episodes that entertained the littles as well as the larger humans who were in charge of the remote.

Well played, writing team. Well played!

Aside from this highly likeable cartoon character, Phinehas isn’t a name you hear very much in our day. Psalm 106 briefly introduces us to a man named Phinehas who found himself in the midst of mundane mayhem. The nod is a blip-of-a-mention with strong implications: one man made a huge difference.

“Then they despised the pleasant land;
they did not believe his promise.
They grumbled in their tents
and did not obey the Lord.
So he swore to them with uplifted hand
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
make their descendants fall among the nations
and scatter them throughout the lands.

They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor
and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
they aroused the Lord’s anger by their wicked deeds,
and a plague broke out among them.
But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
and the plague was checked.
This was credited to him as righteousness
for endless generations to come.”
(Psalm 106:24-31)

Did you see them? Verses 30 and 31, trailing after the wicked deeds and woeful ways of the Israelites that told a tale of a man with guts who cared about God’s glory? I found it fascinating, so I took a trip to the Old Testament book of Numbers to find out more about our mildly famous friend Phinehas who “stood up” and “intervened.” (v30)

Y’all, his is a dicey, bloody, and shockingly complicated story. So much so, I almost didn’t want to even talk about it. If you’re curious, you can read the full story of Phinehas in Numbers 25, but I can summarize it with this: when God’s people were stuck in the desert after they’d been delivered from oppression in Egypt, they got grumbly, demanding and reprehensibly rebellious.

And God got mad. Big-time mad.

When an Israelite man blatantly defied God’s law in front of the whole assembly, Phinehas rose to action against this man in zealous defense of the honor of God.

And God got happy. Super happy.

So happy that he blessed Phinehas with a covenant of peace that would go on to be passed down to his descendants for generations. Cool, right?

In today’s world-gone-wild, I want to be the kind of woman who stands up and intervenes with courage for the honor of God.

Don’t you?

Let’s Pray

Holy Lord, Please forgive me for the times when, like the Israelites, I yoke myself to idols or frustrate You with my rebellion. Please help me to be a woman who speaks truth with grit and grace. Embolden and purify my heart, Jesus, to echo Your hope and love in ways that are zealous for Your honor.
In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Psalm 106. Respond in prayer.

Take my FREE 5-Day Psalm Challenge and experience the power and peace of God in fresh ways as you walk through His Word.

 

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6 Responses to “It’s Complicated”

  1. Rochelle says:

    Thank you for the message this morning. Looking forward to studying and receiving a new blessing, wisdom and closer relationship with God as I study his word through your five day psalm challenge.

    Introduced to your podcast today and started listening. Thank you again for being a vessel in which God can use to teach me, reach me, persue me and encourage me. Stay blessed and focused. Someone is watching, listening and needs you.

  2. Becky says:

    Thank you for that word today, I too want to be bold for the sake of Jesus! I always look forward to the devotional a they help me to stay focused and true to God. I also love that you ladies keep it real!!! God bless and keep up the good work.

  3. Alison Hall says:

    Thank you for your word today. It was a great encouragement and comfort to me. I am in Brisbane Qld atm as husband has had major bowel surgery and is very poorly. Over the last 7 years his sickness has controlled our lives. We try to rely on our Heavenly Father but it has been hard. Sometimes It is as if all we do for his sickness takes over and replaces what we want to do for God. Please join me in praying that the Lord will heal my husband and let us get back to serving Him and standing for Him.

  4. Zandile says:

    Thank you for your inspiring wisdom and this is my first time on your website and I will learn and pray to be that one in a million women to serve God passionately and honor Him with my substances.

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