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A breach suddenly appeared among them

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"They provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds, and a breach [parats] suddenly appeared among them" (Psalm 106:29 Interlinear).

The people of Israel began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab who invited them to the sacrifices of theirs gods (Numbers 25:1-2). The Lord's anger was kindled against Israel and twenty-four thousand people died by the plague. It took the intervention of Phinehas, grandson of Aaron, to finally stop it.

Because of their actions, there was a breach among the people of God. And it took a radical intervention to stop the plague. Phinehas' intervention was considered as a right work by the Lord, and it had an impact on the whole people. When we see plagues happening to us, let's consider the breaches we could make for our protection: "If you heed these ordinances, by diligently observing them,... the Lord will turn away from you every illness" (Deuteronomy 7:12,15).