Numbers 31:3 And Moses spake unto the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the LORD of Midian.
Growing up, I remember times when my dad and mom would not let me play with certain kids. They would say things like, “that kid is up to no good and I don’t want you to be caught up in his problems.” I didn’t understand it then. To me that was mean. They were just children to play with. However my mom and dad saw something else that I didn’t see. When I grew up and had children of my own, I remember having the same talk with my children about some of the kids they wanted to play with. I’m sorry to say that as a parent I very seldom was wrong. I’m sorry because the children I didn’t want my child hanging around with, often grew up to be involved in many other serious issue throughout their life.
The Midianites had been A problem for the children of Israel many times in the past. Their worship of idols and rejection of God was bad enough. However, then they enticed many from the tribes of Israel to join them. Seducing them into also rebelling against God. God told Moses as a final act before you die, I want to rid the children of Israel from this terrible influence. They are no good for Israel. Moses however sees this as getting rid of them for God because they were no good to God. Isn’t it wonderful how both Moses and God had the same idea. God was protecting Israel and their good name, and Moses was protecting God and His good name. Both saw this as a battle for good.
When God says in 2 Cor. 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;…” He’s not being mean, He’s being a loving Father who sees past what we can see.
Isn’t it great to see how much He cares?
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