Exodus 6:25a (ESV)
Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas.

Aaron-lofty, exalted
Eleazar-God is my help
Putiel-God is my fatness
Phinehas–mouth of brass or the bronze-colored one

Phinehas distinguished himself as a youth at Shittim by his zeal against the Heresy of Peor. He was displeased with the immorality with which the Moabites and Midianites had successfully tempted the people (Numbers 25:1-9) to worship Baal-peor, so he personally executed an Israelite man and a Midianite woman while they were together in the man’s tent, running a spear or lance through the man and the belly of the woman and thus ending a plague said to have been sent by God to punish the Israelites for sexually intermingling with the Midianites. Phineas is commended for having stopped Israel’s fall to idolatrous practices brought in by Midianite women, as well as for stopping the desecration of God’s sanctuary.

Jehovah God,
How we in the United States have sinned. Our nation has promoted homosexuality in Israel. Indeed, the US Embassy flew the rainbow-colored gay pride flag during Gay Pride week in Tel Aviv.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Forgive us for defiling Your holy land, Your precious, precious land. Amen.

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