Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal. Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him.
Peace with God
There was an outbreak of sexual immorality among the children of Israel. Many were swept up in the sinful behavior instigated by the daughters of Moab. God became angry and brought a plague upon the Israelites. He further commanded Moses to kill those who were involved. But before Moses could act on that command, an Israelite named Phineas took the initiative and publicly killed a prominent tribal leader who was brazenly sinning with a Midianite princess. Phineas’ deed seems aggressive. As a result of what Phineas did, God’s plague upon Israel was stopped. Phineas, who rose up and attacked immorality, was granted a “covenant of peace” with God. Love what God loves and be vigilant for God. When you are concerned with what concerns God, you are with God and He is with you.