There is an interesting Scripture portion (Parashat) from the Old Testament reading this week (See Numbers 25). It is regarding a man God chose to honor named Pinchas (or Phinehas). He rose up to “Stop the plague” of death that began to spread through the Camp of Israel. Recall that children of Israel had fallen prey to the idolatrous practices of the Nations around them while on their way through the wilderness to the “Promise Land”.
Because of Phinehas’ love and zeal for the LORD, God gave him a special blessing; a “Covenant of peace” upon he and his family line. As a result of God’s blessing, his sons would be included as priests, ministering perpetually in God’s presence.
Phinehas’ decision to stand with the Lord God teaches a basic law or principle. Choices in life have consequences. Paul states it thus, “Whatever a man sows that shall he reap”(Galatians 6:7). What we choose today will determine outcomes for tomorrow. God says, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them” (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20 NASB).
Do we realize that the dignity of being human is choice and that it can alter the course of our life, that of our children and the course of a nation? I remember a dream I had some time ago. In it I saw the Revolutionary Army come out of the forest with General George Washington at the front on his beautiful white horse. His men came out of the forest behind him, in perfect military fashion with the rifles and so forth. “What an awesome scene!” I thought as I witnessed his Army step onto the battlefield. Suddenly! The scene changes…I am now placed with another Army. King David and his men are leading it. They have the Ark of God on the battlefield. Although I did not see the enemy (In either vision), I could feel the atmosphere charged with anticipation of a great battle about to unfold. As I watched this scene, the day was moving toward evening. David and his mighty men lay down in the open field with no sense of fear or dread of the fight that was ahead. The Ark of God’s presence was in their midst. I was invited to join them as they lay down to rest for the night, which I did. When I awoke early that morning. David and his men and the Ark had already gone! It was at that moment I knew I was faced with a dilemma. I could join General Washington’s Army, which had come onto the field of battle. Or I could catch up with King David, his men and the Ark of God. What should I do? I knew that the first represented a natural battle that had brought great blessings bringing to birth a new nation. The other represented a spiritual battle that could results in great blessings for many Nations. I chose the latter, knowing that the only hope for our Nation is a true invasion of the kingdom of God in our Land.
We as a nation are faced with great and difficult challenges. The choices we must make in this hour will determine the course of the destiny this Nation and no doubt others. To borrow the words of Winston Churchill, “This could be our finest hour!” as a nation or our worst! Like Phinehas, you get to choose…”Who’s on the Lord’s side?”

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