Numbers 25:12
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12  Say, therefore, ‘I grant him My pact of friendship.

la-KHAYN e-MOR hin-NEE no-TAYN LO et b’-ree-TEE sha-LOM

יב  לָכֵן אֱמֹר הִנְנִי נֹתֵן לוֹ אֶת־בְּרִיתִי שָׁלוֹם׃

 25:12 I grant him My pact of friendship

The zealot, Pinchas, sees immoral behavior among the camp of Israel, and immediately responds with an iron fist and a sharp spear. Ironically, Pinchas is rewarded for his violent action with Hashem’s “pact of friendship,” known in Hebrew as brit shalom (ברית שלום), literally ‘covenant of peace.’ With this striking detail, the Torah illustrates a vital lesson. Genuine peace is not merely the absence of conflict. Pinchas did not negotiate with the perpetrators and attempt to achieve a compromise solution. By standing up for his principles, Pinchas demonstrated that only when based on eternal principles of truth and justice can true peace be achieved. A person who internalizes this idea and acts accordingly is a true “friend” of God.

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  • However, first of all we have to consider for what reason Isael plunged into those gross sins.
    The false prophet Balaam had counselled Balak, king of Moab, to call in seductive Midianite women to persuade the Israelite men to participate in their sexual orgies in honour of their gods.
    All this was done with the insidious intention that YHWH Elohim would bring his curse on Israel, something that previously failed by divination. On request Balak had hired the false prophet Balaam to curse Israel. However, three times his attempts proved unsuccessful. YHWH had thwarted his efforts by changing the curse into a blessing.

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Numbers 25:12

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