THE SIN OF PEOR

Written by Dot McGinnis


THE SIN OF PEOR

There are many temptations that plague us, as Christians, because we live inrepparttar permissive society that we do. Sexual sins like fornication, adultery, and homosexuality are some ofrepparttar 135079 ones that are most prevalent. Even those in position of leadership, withinrepparttar 135080 body of Christ, need not think that they are beyond being tempted in these areas. In 1 Corinthians 10:12 it says, "Therefore, let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall" (RSV). Inrepparttar 135081 book of Numbers, chapter 25, we see a perfect example of this whenrepparttar 135082 leaders, ofrepparttar 135083 people of Israel, found themselves caught up withrepparttar 135084 sexual permissiveness that pervaded their day. Their experience is commonly referred to asrepparttar 135085 seduction of Israel, orrepparttar 135086 sin of Peor, and it speaks very harshly to those involved in sexual immorality--especially those in positions of leadership.

Before Israel could cross overrepparttar 135087 Jordan river, to enter intorepparttar 135088 land of Canaan, they had one last mountain to climb;repparttar 135089 mount of Peor. It wasrepparttar 135090 only thing that stood between them andrepparttar 135091 promised land. Peor was located nearrepparttar 135092 mount of Pisgah and overlookedrepparttar 135093 land of Jeshimon; a wilderness that embraced both sides ofrepparttar 135094 Dead Sea. While they were staying inrepparttar 135095 land of Shittim, nearrepparttar 135096 mount of Peor,repparttar 135097 Israelite men began to indulge in sexual immorality withrepparttar 135098 Moabite and Midianite women. They attended their sacrifices and bowed down, and worshipped their god (the god of Peor); causingrepparttar 135099 Lord's anger to burn against them.

Because Israel had allowed themselves to be seduced byrepparttar 135100 Moabites and Midianites,repparttar 135101 Lord instructed Moses to takerepparttar 135102 leaders ofrepparttar 135103 people, kill them, and expose them in broad day light; so that His wrath would be appeased. When Moses andrepparttar 135104 Israelites heard God's decree, they all wept before Him atrepparttar 135105 tent ofrepparttar 135106 meeting ... all of them, that is, except for one Israelite man named Zimri. He blatantly defiedrepparttar 135107 Lord by bringing a Midianite women into his tent, in front of Moses andrepparttar 135108 whole assembly of Israel, parading his lust before them as they were weeping. Moved by righteous indignation, Phinehas,repparttar 135109 priest, followed Zimri into his tent, took a sword in his hand, and drove it through him and intorepparttar 135110 Midianite woman's body; killing them both. Zimri,repparttar 135111 Israelite man who was killed, was a leader of a Simeonite family. The Midianite woman, Cozbi, was a daughter of Zur; a tribal chief of Midian.

The meaning ofrepparttar 135112 names, that are mentioned within this passage, are very suggestive and might be able to help us understand, more fully, all that occurred inrepparttar 135113 seduction of Israel. Peor,repparttar 135114 name ofrepparttar 135115 mountain Israel faced, for example, means "opening." Pisgah,repparttar 135116 peak which stood near by, means "fortress." Anytime we allow an unsurrendered area to remain within our lives, we provide Satan with an opening; a means of entering in. Once he's given access to a certain area, he is then able to enter in and build a fortress or stronghold there. There is a possibility that this is exactly what Zimri did.

In Deuteronomy 1:15 and Numbers 23:9, we see where Zimri was once a wise and respected man amongrepparttar 135117 community of Israel. He was someone who had separated himself untorepparttar 135118 Lord and was chosen by Moses to occupy a position of leadership amongrepparttar 135119 people. Zimri's name means"celebrated" and, being a man of his standing, he would have indeed been celebrated among his peers. He appears to be someone who had everything going for him--until he met Cozbi. Cozbi's name means "deceitful" and Zimri's lust for her presented Satan withrepparttar 135120 opening he needed. Before Zimri knew it, he'd been caught up inrepparttar 135121 deceitfulness of sin and was hopelessly ensnared by his own passions and lusts. It's interesting to note that Cozbi,repparttar 135122 woman responsible for Zimri's downfall, wasrepparttar 135123 daughter of Zur; which means, "the rock." Cozbi was a daughter ofrepparttar 135124 rock.

- Morning Joy -

Written by Dot McGinnis


- Morning Joy -

The true testimony of Dot McGinnis

I can't help but remember one ofrepparttar most trying experiences of my life--my bout with severe mental depression. I once heard a woman on a Christian talk show describe her experience with mental illness by saying, "I've walkedrepparttar 135078 streets of hell." I can find no better words to express what I've experienced than these. My hell began in 1971, when my father died. I was nineteen years old atrepparttar 135079 time. It wasrepparttar 135080 first time death had ever touched our family, and we were all devastated. I didn't realize then exactly how devastated I really was; or that this was to be justrepparttar 135081 beginning of what was to become a horrible nightmare for me. Four years after my father's death, I experienced a near nervous breakdown. The doctors said that I just wasn't acceptingrepparttar 135082 fact that he was really gone. To add to my sorrow, my fiancÚ, a man I'd been dating since I was 17, decided that he was unable to cope with my illness; so, he broke our engagement and within a year married someone else. I was crushed. I remember thinking, "Oh God, how much more can I possibly stand?" A few months later, my grandmother died and within six weeks of her death my grandfather followed. (They said that he died of a broken heart.) My fiancÚ's leaving and my grandparents death sent me even deeper into depression. To add to my misery, one by one, I watched as all my friends deserted me. They just couldn't stand to see merepparttar 135083 way I was. They found themselves unable to cope with my inability to cope. My spirit sank even lower still. Within a four year time period, I had lost my father, almost had a complete breakdown, lostrepparttar 135084 man I was planning to marry, lost both of my grandparents and all of my friends. My world had come to an end. Reality--sanity--seemed just beyond my reach. I had to see a psychiatrist three times a week and was unable to work for nearly two years. Some ofrepparttar 135085 memory of all that happened to me has been erased from my mind and for that I am grateful. But periodically it comes back, and I remember. I remember how I would sit and stare for hours, or would sit and cry. My mind was ruled by tormenting thoughts; unrealistic fears took control of me. All I wanted to do was die. I remember that my family had to hide all ofrepparttar 135086 knives and scissors from me because they feared that I'd try to commit suicide. My psychiatrist kept threatening to send me to Somerset State Hospital because I was so preoccupied with death. But even though death would have been a welcomed relief for me, I just didn't haverepparttar 135087 nerve to do it. I used to pray and ask God to please let me die. There were so many people who wanted to live but were sick and dying. I used to ask Him to let their sickness fall on me so that I could die in their place. Still, death escaped me. I can relate to many ofrepparttar 135088 sentiments Job expressed when walking through his valley of despair. "Why is light given to those in misery and life torepparttar 135089 bitter of soul, to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure ... Oh that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for, that God will be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut me off!" (Job 3:20-22; 6:8-9). There just didn't seem to be any light atrepparttar 135090 end ofrepparttar 135091 tunnel for me-- at least, none that I could see. I had no hope--only a constant tormented feeling and a sickening dreadful fear that it would never ever end.

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