28 Then our ancestors joined in the worship of Baal at Peor;
they even ate sacrifices offered to the dead!
29 They angered the Lord with all these things,
so a plague broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas had the courage to intervene,
and the plague was stopped.
31 So he has been regarded as a righteous man
ever since that time.
32 At Meribah, too, they angered the Lord,
causing Moses serious trouble.
33 They made Moses angry,
and he spoke foolishly. NLT
As with the preceding verses in the chapter, the writer wants to remind God’s people how easy it is to forget all that the Lord has done. After reading verses 28-33, describe what the people of Israel had forgotten.
What did their forgetfulness lead them to do?
Was it just the leaders of the rebellion that the Lord held responsible? What do you think about who the Lord considered guilty of sin?
::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::
If you’d like, to better understand the background of these details… and what foolish thing Moses spoke, read chapter 25 of Numbers. Would you have participated had you been there? Why or why not?
::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::
Would you have been guilty had you been there? What if God were to challenge you today with how well you “remember” what He has done— would you be guilty today? Take a moment to pray with God about your thoughts stemming from today’s study.