A Meditation: On Numbers 25:16-18 // Harass The Midianites And Strike Them Down //
by Matheus Yuhlung
“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Harass the Midianites and strike them down, for they have harassed you with their wiles, with which they beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of the chief of Midian, their sister, who was killed on the day of the plague on account of Peor.’” – Numbers 25:16-18 (ESV)
When the other kids complained that the mischievous kid from the back bench is irritating them again, my teacher used to reply: he is irritating you because you are getting irritated, and that is encouraging him to irritate you more.
I’ve been thinking what greater harassment would there be for the tempter if we never paid any heed to his temptations? He only stays as long as you let him, as it is written: … Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.[i]
What God did to the Midianites through Moses must have been appropriate in the context of those times, but today, I don’t think God would ever call me and say, Matheus, Go and harass that fellow; as I believe that through the dead and the resurrection of Jesus Christ and by the communion of the Holy Spirit, God has equip us today well enough to resist the tempter and his schemes.
And, if God has strengthen us enough to resist the tempter, then I guess there might be no greater harassment for the tempter than when his temptations are ignored.
[i] James 4:7 (NIV)
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