Numbers 25 Outline
– Israelites involved in sexual immorality with Moabite women who enticed them into worshiping Peor (Numbers 25:1-3)
– God instructed Moses to kill the leaders of the Israelites (Numbers 25:4-5)
– An Israelite brought a Midiniate woman while the Israelites were weeping at the tent of the congregation (Numbers 25:6)
– Phinehas stuck a spear through the Israelite and woman (Numbers 25:7-9)
– God made a covenant of lasting priesthood with Phinehas and his descendants (Numbers 25:10-15)
– The Israelites are to treat the Midianites as enemies in the future (Numbers 25:16-18)
Numbers 25 Summary
The Israelites men were involved in sexual immorality with Moabite women when staying at Shittim. They offered sacrifices, ate and bowed down to the pagan gods. God was very angry with them and he commanded Moses to kill and expose the leaders in broad daylight so that he will relent his anger. Moses instructed the judges to kill those of their men that have participated in the worshiping of Baal of Peor.
An Israelite woman brought a Midianite woman to his family before Moses’ eyes when the Israelites were weeping at the entrance to the tent of the congregation. This caused God to be very angry and he struck a plague that killed 24,000 Israelites.
When Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, saw this, he quickly used a spear to pin both the Israelite and the Midianite woman. After the Israelite and Midianite woman died, the plague stopped. The Israelite man was Zimri, son of Salu while the Midianite woman was Cozbi, daughter of the Midianite leader.
God decided to make a covenant of peace with Phinehas because he was zealous in honoring him. Because of Eleazar’s zealousness, God made a covenant of a lasting priesthood with him and his descendants.
God instructed Moses to treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them in the future because they treated the Israelites as enemies by deceiving them to worship Peor and in the affair of Cozbi.
Numbers 25 Bible Study
1. Don’t mingle with people that can tempt you into sin
The Israelites mingled with the Moabites. As a result, the Moabites led them into worshiping Peor (1 Corinthians 10:14; Galatians 5:19-20; Colossians 3:5). This consequently resulted in 24,000 Israelites died. We must not mingle with people that can tempt us into sin (2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:6-7; Ephesians 5:11;1 John 1:6).