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Moab was the son of Lot by his eldest daughter. The common ancestor of Moab and Israel was Terah who was Abraham's father and Lot's grandfather (Genesis 11:2); that is why God spared Moab from destruction when the Israelites came to possess the promised land after wandering in the desert of Sinai for 40 years.
When the people of Israel came to occupy the land of Canaan, Moab had already lost some of its original land and controlled only the southern half. The northern half had been taken by the Amorite King Sihon.
As the people of Israel approached the promised land, Moses sent an embassy to the Amorite King Sihon, requesting the use of a corridor through his land. Sihon denied the petition and attacked Israel.
Israel won the war with Sihon, and as a result all of the Amorite lands from the Arnon to the Jabbok became part of Israel, but the lands boundaries of the descendants of Lot (Moab and Ammon) were left intact:
Balak, the king of Moab did not believe that
Israel would spare them. He was convinced that Israel would attack
them. It is recorded in the bible how Balak hired the prophet Balaam
to curse Israel in order to defeat them.
Balak king of Moab did not believe Israel's words of peace. The king of Moab and the Midianite chieftains allied with him hired the prophet Balaam to curse Israel.
Balak offered Balaam a big monetary reward for his help, but God did not allow Balaam to curse Israel.
On his way home Balaam went through the land of Midian and learned how the Israelites had committed whoredom with the daughters of Moab who led the people of Israel into idolatry.
Balaam realized that this was a sure way of undermining Israel's adherence to YHVH. He probably advised the Midianites to use their best women to seduce the Israelites into idolatry. If they could separate Israel from the true God YHVH, Israel would lose God's protection, and be easily defeated. The scheme was very successful.Numbers 25:6
Then behold, one of the sons of Israel came and brought to his relatives a Midianite woman, in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the congregation of the sons of Israel, while they were weeping at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
When Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he arose from the midst of the congregation and took a spear in his hand,
and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and pierced both of them through, the man of Israel and the woman, through the body. So the plague on the sons of Israel was checked.
Those who died by the plague were 24,000.
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned away My wrath from the sons of Israel in that he was jealous with My jealousy among them, so that I did not destroy the sons of Israel in My jealousy.
Therefore say, 'Behold, I give him My covenant of peace;
and it shall be for him and his descendants after him, a covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the sons of Israel.
The action of one person changed
history. We do not know what would have happened if there were no
Phinehas. Were it not for the zeal of Phinehas, the whole
nation of Israel might have been exterminated at that time in history.
Balaam and the Midianites got what they
deserved from the Lord for tricking the sons of Israel to sin against the
true God YHVH. The punishment of Balaam and the Midianites is
recorded in chapter 31:
Phinehas and the army of Israel executed the will of the Lord. Today, the same danger has risen, and the followers of YHVH will do well to remember the lesson of Baal-Peor.
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