Today’s passage: Joshua 22:10-34
- The sin at Peor (Vs. 17) consisted of Israelite men sleeping with unconverted Moabite and Midianite women and subsequently worshiping their gods (Numbers 25).
- This sin resulted in a plague.
- Phinehas is involved in both confrontations.
- All of Israel suffered due to the sins of these men at Peor, and all Israel suffered due to the sin of Achan. Now all Israel was fearful of history repeating itself.
- Much to everyone’s relief, the altar was built to remind future generations that all Israel should worship “The Mighty One, God, The LORD!” according to His Law.
- If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. – Proverbs 18:13
Questions to consider:
- Why did it seem like a good idea for the tribes east of the Jordan River to build this altar? What were they concerned about?
- Why is it so much better to ask questions sincerely before making assumptions and accusations?
- That being said, how important is it for us as a church to fight for each other’s walk with the Lord and our fight against sin? How should we encourage one another?