Zimri and Cozbi

Numbers 25:6-15 (NLT)
Just then one of the Israelite men brought a Midianite woman into his tent, right before the eyes of Moses and all the people, as everyone was weeping at the entrance of the Tabernacle. When Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest saw this, he jumped up and left the assembly. He took a spear and rushed after the man into his tent. Phinehas thrust the spear all the way through the man’s body and into the woman’s stomach. So the plague against the Israelites was stopped, but not before 24,000 people had died.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest has turned my anger away from the Israelites by being as zealous among them as I was. So I stopped destroying all Israel as I had intended to do in my zealous anger. Now tell him that I am making my special covenant of peace with him. In this covenant, I give him and his descendants a permanent right to the priesthood, for in his zeal for me, his God, he purified the people of Israel, making them right with me.”

The Israelite man killed with the Midianite woman was named Zimri son of Salu, the leader of a family from the tribe of Simeon. The woman’s name was Cozbi; she was the daughter of Zur, the leader of a Midianite clan.

Zimri–praise-worthy
Cozbi–a liar; sliding away

From The Bible Study Site:

The number 24 is associated with the priesthood. Since it is composed of a multiple of 12, it takes on some of 12’s meaning (which is God’s power and authority, as well as perfect foundation) except in a higher form. Twenty-four, therefore, is also connected with the worship of God, especially at the temple.

Our Father in heaven,
How many lies have we embraced? We have made our bed with liars. Our nation’s leaders, courts, and lawmakers have institutionalized and legalized many behaviors that are contrary to Your Holy Word.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Raise up a people who are zealous for You, O God. Raise up a people who will take the blinders off the citizens of this nation so that we might recognize the lies that we have accepted as truth. Raise up a people who are unafraid to pick up the Sword of the Spirit. Raise up a people who will speak truth to power.
We declare that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life over the White House, the US Congress, and the Supreme Court. Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Amen.

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