Since the modern nation of Israel is under constant rocket attack lately, there are a whole lot of folks expressing themselves publicly that they are praying for the peace of Israel. Of course, we desire peace, but I think there might be something else we ought to be praying for.
Then behold, one of the sons of Israel came and brought to his relatives a Midianite woman, in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the congregation of the sons of Israel, while they were weeping at the doorway of the tent of meeting. When Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he arose from the midst of the congregation and took a spear in his hand, and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and pierced both of them through, the man of Israel and the woman, through the body. So the plague on the sons of Israel was checked. Numbers 25:6-8
Doesn’t that just look brutal? Phinehas speared his own countryman and the man’s wife. By today’s standards, and really by most of history’s standards, that’s insane. But what happens next is even more notable.
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.'” Numbers 25: 10-13
Phinehas was given the covenant of PEACE right after executing his countryman? WHAT? Now, I am in no way, shape, or form advocating executing Old Testament justice in our day and age, but take note that this man was blessed by the Most High for simply doing what was supposed to be done when nobody else would do it. We do not live in a society where justice is meted out like it was in the days of Moses. We do, however, live in a society that does reflect what happened in this scenario. The vast majority of the society absolutely refuses to do what needs to be done to bring peace or solve any national problem at all, for that matter.
In order to bring peace, we must first have victory. Harry Truman said, “Peace is not the absence of war.” Harry Truman was willing to do what needed to be done to have peace. Today, I see a great many people pray for the peace of Israel. I choose instead to pray for Israel to do what needs to be done to achieve that peace. No country should live in constant fear of rocket bombardment. I also pray for the United States to do what needs to be done to solve its devastating problems. I pray for the leaders to stop weeping in the assembly and to show some leadership in order to bring peace through victory. In Israel’s case, Harry Truman’s quote is incredibly appropriate. Peace is surely not the absence of war.