Pinchos

“Pinchas, son of Elazar, son of Aaron the Kohen …
… Zimri son of Salu, chief of a Simeonite ancestral house.”

~ Numbers 25:11,13

God hates sexual-immorality. So when our enemies seduced us into a mass-orgy, the result was a plague which destroyed 24,000 lives.

One man stopped the epidemic by killing the leader of the mayhem. When identifying them, why trace their ancestry so far back?

Although both came from great stock, their actions were diametrically opposed: Pinchas pursued peace as Aaron would’ve, but Zimri debased himself.

What you get as a legacy isn’t in your hands. What you do with it is.

Balak

“How great are your tents, O Jacob, Your dwellings, O Israel!”
~ Numbers 24:5

In his attempt to curse us, the evil prophet Bilaam was instead forced to bless us.

Why is Jacob associated to tents and Israel to dwellings?

The name Jacob symbolises life before reaching one’s higher purpose, whilst Israel describes a life of meaning. Tents are by definition temporary, whilst dwellings are permanent.

The blessing is living the mundane aspects of life like you’re camping in a tent; but building that which is important and of value into a permanent fixture.