"Just then, in the sight of Moshe and the whole community of Isra’el, as they were weeping at the entrance to the tent of meeting, a man from Isra’el came by, bringing to his family a woman from Midyan. When Pinchas the son of El‘azar, the son of Aharon the cohen, saw it, he got up from the middle of the crowd, took a spear in his hand, and pursued the man from Isra’el right into the inner part of the tent, where he thrust his spear through both of them — the man from Isra’el and the woman through her stomach. Thus was the plague among the people of Isra’el stopped." Numbers 25:6-8 CJB
"When Mattathias saw [the Jew going to sacrifice the swine], he burned with zeal and his heart was stirred. He gave vent to righteous anger; he ran and killed him upon the altar. At the same time he killed the king's officer who was forcing them to sacrifice, and he tore down the altar. Thus he burned with zeal for the law, as Phinehas did against Zimri the son of Salu." 1 Maccabees 2: 24-26
"Phinehas our father, because he was deeply zealous, received the covenant of everlasting priesthood." 1Maccabees 2:54
The Maccabees were the descendants of Phineas. The story of Phineas and the Maccabees go hand-in-hand in that Phineas fought against the defilement of Israel as did the Maccabees. It is very possible to say that the story of Phineas is a prophecy about the events of Hanukkah. The events of Hanukkah describe how a small group of Levite priests eliminated the Harlotry of Hellenism and preserved Israel. Each and every one of us must search our hearts and rid ourselves of the harlotry that is plaguing our souls. There is no compromise or concession to it. It must simply be destroyed.
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