Wednesday, August 08, 2007

24,000+ killed

Numbers 25:1-9 While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the LORD's anger burned against them.

The LORD said to Moses, "Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the LORD, so that the LORD's fierce anger may turn away from Israel."

So Moses said to Israel's judges, "Each of you must put to death those of your men who have joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor.

Then an Israelite man brought to his family a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear through both of them—through the Israelite and into the woman's body. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.


Someone told me recently that we all deserve death. In other words, God was totally justified in all the killings since it's what we all deserve.

Please also see doc's comments on this blog entry.


tiny tim said...


Anonymous said...

violence is not wrong.
violence gives pleasure.
pleasure is what humankind lives for.
war gives purpose & meaning (be it short term)

plus, we're all going to die.

[didnt really have anything to do with your post...SOZ]

Anonymous said...

This scripture is simply the old proverb "A few bad apples spoil the bunch" put into biblical practice. Put the scripture in context. The leaders who made Israel worship idols were sidetracking what God was SUPPOSED to do for Israel, therefore ruining the rewards they would've reaped with just some obedience, loyalty, and practically fidelity. If God only had the people who deceived the rest of Israel killed, then what would stop the other 20+ thousand people from still committing the crimes that put the plagues on them?

The best choice of action back then was to simply kill off the source of the plagues, then eliminate the affected areas; just like dealing with cancer. If you had an incurable disease that mutated you into some flesh-eating zombie, like in "I Am Legend" or the Resident Evil game series, obviously the best choice is to eliminate the plague entirely. Killing the few would spare the many and protect the future. This event was regarding a "plague" caused from dishonor and disrespect, and it was stopped.

P.S., Good and Evil only exist because mankind has knowledge of what it is. In the Fall of Man verses of Genesis, Eve saw that the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was good to eat, and desirable to those who desired knowledge, according to the "Serpent", and ate some of it. Then she gave it to Adam, and he ate it. When they gained knowledge by disobeying God, biblically speaking, that's when everything began to go wrong. Mankind decided not to wander around naked. Decided it was both indecent, and disadvantageous for them when it came to braving the harsh weather conditions the earth gave. Basically, since God knows all, God would not only know science, but Good and Evil. Hence, no action is inherently evil, but evil is only "evil" when observed in the eyes of some others to be so. God found many things man did to be evil because he obviously didn't intend for man to do such things in the first place.

Anonymous said...

No wonder we have eternal wars when people follow this old book. Not that I think the other religious books are better.