There comes a time when intercession is not enough. There comes a time when weeping is not enough. There comes a time when grieving is not enough. We as Christians, are called to intercession(prayer). We are called to weep with those who weep and grieve with those who grieve.
There comes a time when we must become consumed and taken over by the Zeal of the Lord.
There is a great story in Numbers 25 about a man by the name of Phinehas.
Israel had remained in an area called Acacia Grove and began to commit harlotry with the Women of Moab. The people of the area invited Israel to the sacrifices of their gods, and Israel began to bow down to the god’s of Moab.
We see in vs 3, Israel actually becomes joined to Baal of Peor whom was the main god of the people.
Needless to say God was not very happy, and in His jealousy He commands Moses to speak to the judges, “Every one of you kill his men who were joined to Baal of Peor.”
Then the unthinkable happens:
6 And indeed, one of the children of Israel came and presented to his brethren a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who [were] weeping at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. – Num 25:6 NKJV
Given the context and the original Hebrew, this man was parading this woman, whom God commanded Israel to not be with, and then took her into a tent and began to have sex with her.
In comes Phinehas:
7 Now when Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw [it], he rose from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand; 8 and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel. – Num 25:7-8 NKJV
The original Hebrew states that Phinehas actually thrust his javelin through their private parts.
This is what God has to say about the matter:
11 “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with My zeal among them, so that I did not consume the children of Israel in My zeal. 12 “Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace; – Num 25:11-12 NKJV
This word zeal is actually qin’ah which has a deeper meaning than jealousy. It comes from the place of sexual jealousy, the jealousy and sexual passion a husband has for his wife. (see full meaning here)
God is a jealous God. His desire is to be in a fully consuming relationship with His people, the apex of His creation. We are called to be counter cultural, that is to abide in Him, above and through all things. Sadly, much of the time we reflect the culture around us more than He who Created us.
God has called and is calling us to be set apart. There will be many inside of the Church walls who will be like the Israelite in the story, parade the sin of harlotry in front of the people. We are called to not only intercede, but to be consumed by His Jealousy and be the change.
Holy Spirit, would you come and consume me with a jealousy for the Church. Consume me with Your jealousy. Cause me to be so overcome by You, that I must take action. Father would You raise up others, filled with this same jealousy, that we could be the conduits of Your change! Empower us, embolden us, protect us. In Jesus Name Amen.