But Zipporah ...

Written by Dot McGinnis


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Notice that Zipporah touched Moses' feet withrepparttar foreskin. It was Moses' walk with God that wasrepparttar 135080 reason this sacrifice had to be made. Note, too, that it was Zipporah who had to dorepparttar 135081 cutting. Perhaps this is an indication ofrepparttar 135082 many things that Moses would normally be responsible for, within his household, that would now be left inrepparttar 135083 hands of his wife; because Moses would not always be around to do them anymore. Notice, too, that she called him a bridegroom of blood. When Zipporah first married Moses, she probably thought of him as a bridegroom of joy. But now, in light of his calling, commission, and acceptance of it, he is a bridegroom of blood to her: blood, here, denoting suffering and sacrifice, andrepparttar 135084 life ofrepparttar 135085 wife of a leader always involves suffering and sacrifice.

25 But Zipporah ...

by Dot McGinnis

http://our.homewithgod.com/heavenlyinspirations/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations-originalwritings/

Dot is a poet and a published author from Pennsylvania who has served as assistant editor for the Christian newspaper Majesty. She is retired yet continues serving the Lord via the Heavenly Inspirations Ministries.




THE SIN OF PEOR

Written by Dot McGinnis


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Even though Zimri knewrepparttar requirements God placed upon his chosen ones, it appears as if he momentarily lost sight of who he was and what was expected of him. Nothing seemed to be more enticing to him than thoughts of being with Cozbi. His relationship withrepparttar 135079 Lord, his family, and his position inrepparttar 135080 community all seemed to have lost their importance. Nothing seemed to matter anymore. He appears to have had no concern about what effect his actions would have onrepparttar 135081 community of Israel. He gave no thought torepparttar 135082 lives that would be destroyed on his account. It seems as if Zimri's eyes were temporarily blinded and, inrepparttar 135083 heat of lustful passion, he could see no further ahead thanrepparttar 135084 moment at hand--a moment that demandedrepparttar 135085 satisfaction of his lusts.

Phinehas used a sword to kill Zimri and Cozbi. Through out scripturerepparttar 135086 sword is often symbolic of eitherrepparttar 135087 wrath of God,repparttar 135088 written Word of God, orrepparttar 135089 spoken Word. The sin, in Zimri's life, was exposed byrepparttar 135090 sword of a righteous man. Those, who find themselves entangled inrepparttar 135091 grips of sexual immorality, should take heed. For, sin will eventually be exposed. It might be throughrepparttar 135092 wrath of a righteous God. For, sin cannot dwell in His presence. It might be through His Word that exposesrepparttar 135093 thoughts and intents ofrepparttar 135094 heart (Hebrews 4:12-13). Or, it might be throughrepparttar 135095 words of a righteous man ( 2 Samuel 12).

Our God has a standard of holiness and he expects those in positions of leadership to measure up to it. They, sometimes though, fall short ofrepparttar 135096 mark and yield to temptation with their eyes wide open, fully aware of what they're doing andrepparttar 135097 consequences involved; yet, yielding still. Just like Zimri, they end up takingrepparttar 135098 values and moral standards they've embraced, for years, and willingly abandon them--all for a moment of pleasure; a pleasure that is short lived, however. For, our God is righteous and holy, and he demands that those who walk before him, as his representatives, walk uprightly and blamelessly.

Those who choose to disgrace and defilerepparttar 135099 office of leadership that has been bestowed upon them, as Zimri did, will eventually reap their due reward. They will not go unpunished forever. This is, perhaps,repparttar 135100 most sobering truth contained inrepparttar 135101 sin of Peor.

by Dot McGinnis

http://our.homewithgod.com/heavenlyinspirations/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations-originalwritings/

Dot is a poet and a published author from Pennsylvania who has served as assistant editor for the Christian newspaper Majesty. She is retired yet continues serving the Lord via the Heavenly Inspirations Ministries.




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