Today we are back for another edition of Women of Numbers filled with more juicy drama. We will be hanging out in Numbers 25 where I’d like to introduce you to Cozbi.
I would consider Cozbi one of the bad girls of the Bible.
She was a Midianite. The daughter of a tribal chief of one of the enemy nations to Israel.
Needless to say she was one of the women who was off limits to the Israelite men.
And we all know that the things we are told not to do are the ones that are that much more alluring.
I think you already know where this story is going.
Yup. Forbidden Love…. or should I say, Forbidden Lust!
Nope. Not a Romeo and Juliet situation at all. Cozbi was B.A.D. BAD news!!!
In Numbers 25 we see the people of Israel camping in a place by the name of Shittim. This particular town had a large number of Moabite women. Now the Moabites were straight up idolaters. They did not recognize the God of Israel as the one true God. They worshipped and burned sacrifices to a bunch of lower case g, gods. And as you might be expecting the men took a fancy to the Moabite women leading them to sin sexually. This caused a huge problem because the so called relationships that began occurring gave way to the Israelites acclimating a little too much to their surroundings. The Moabite women began inviting the men to do sacrifices to their lower case g gods. As you could imagine capital G God was enraged beyond belief. He instructed Moses to take out some people in order to make His point clear. In the midst of the chaos an Israelite who didn’t get the memo brought a Midianite woman home to “meet the family.”
Let’s review… Cozbi was a Midianite. Midianites like Moabites were huge NO-NOs!
Midianite equals enemy.
Midianite equals worshipper of other gods.
Midianite equals unequally yoked.
This man who was named Zimri was behaving with the utmost disrespect by bringing this woman into his family’s home.
I’m not going to tell you how the story ends maybe you’ll click here and read it for yourself.
I fear the ending is a bit gruesome.
Cozbi was not received with a warm welcome. Quite the opposite.
She happens to be yet another example of what to steer clear of when considering relationships.
Do not be unequally yoked is a continual theme here at SuperStarNat.com.
But Cozbi also reminds me to not let my sin cause someone else to stumble.
Let’s protect our brothers and sisters by living a righteous life. Our example can make the difference between someone choosing to follow Christ or turn away from Him. I hope Cozbi’s story has challenged you as much as it has challenged me.
My Prayer for You:
Dear Jesus, thank you for Cozbi’s story. Thank you for revealing yet another example of the importance of being equally yoked in our friendships and relationships. Jesus, thank you that Cozbi shows us the importance to lead a life that will not cause others to stumble. I pray that you may give us the courage to make the right choices and live righteous lives. I pray for ever increasing discernment, wisdom and supernatural blessings for every person who visits this blog. Thank you for your goodness. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Memory Verse: Matthew 18:7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!