Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 19, 2014

“But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 25:10-18. 

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned away My wrath from the sons of Israel in that he was jealous with My jealousy among them, so that I did not destroy the sons of Israel in My jealousy.  Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give him My covenant of peace;  and it shall be for him and his descendants after him, a covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the sons of Israel.’” 

Now the name of the slain man of Israel who was slain with the Midianite woman, was Zimri the son of Salu, a leader of a father’s household among the Simeonites.  The name of the Midianite woman who was slain was Cozbi the daughter of Zur, who was head of the people of a father’s household in Midian. 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Be hostile to the Midianites and strike them;  for they have been hostile to you with their tricks, with which they have deceived you in the affair of Peor and in the affair of Cozbi, the daughter of the leader of Midian, their sister who was slain on the day of the plague because of Peor.”  Numbers 25:10-18. 

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What the LORD spoke to Moses about Phinehas makes us think of Christ.  Like Phinehas, Christ “has turned away My wrath from the sons of Israel”.  Like Phinehas, Christ received “a perpetual priesthood”.  Like Phinehas, Christ “made atonement for the sons of Israel”. 

But, whereas Phinehas only received “a covenant of peace”, and Moses was commanded:  “Be hostile to the Midianites and strike them”, Christ reconciled and made peace for many, Jews and Gentiles:  “And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach”.  Colossians 1:21-22. 

Whereas Midianites and all other Gentiles had no hope and were without God in the world, Christ brought the elect Gentiles near to Himself and became their peace:  “remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.”  Ephesus 2:12-16.


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