Subversion, perversion, aversion and reversion
What happens next in the story of the Moabites and the Israelites speaks volumes of both groups of people.
Subversion has always been and is today a common strategy used to overthrow an enemy. Identify the weaknesses of your enemy and use that to weaken their positions of strength. Weaken the walls. Play to the things they want to keep hidden and secret.
For the Israelites, that weakness was a temptation of the pervisions offered by the Moabite women. They quit thinking with their heads and began bowing down to the gods of Baal.
Their aversion (turning away from the correct path) and reversion (inability to maintain a higher state), resulted in dire sin and the wrath of a just God.
God had prepared this generation their entire lives to enter the promised land. A people set apart, fed, clothed, cared for day and night. Their enemies fell down in terror before them. They enjoyed freedom to grow and multiply and look forward to the great gift and reward to come. And, they were willing to sacrifice all of that for food and carnal lust.
But think about what that also says about the Moabites. Balaam counsels them on the Israelite weakness, but the Moabites are the ones who willingly pimp out their mothers, wives and daughters for military gain. Who does that? Most societies protect women and children, not send them out to sleep with the enemy.
God could not allow this. In every way it was wrong, destructive and undermined the very nature of a holy people. Found guilty by multiple witnesses and by the judgment of God, a sentence of death was imposed by God and a plague began.
Sexual immorality with Moabite women, invited them to sacrifice to their gods, yoked themselves with Baal
To reject God
Chose to delay worship rather than putting God at the beginning of every day. I also chose to trust in him for housing and care of mom/uncle : missed blessing of daily walk, frustration, trust and peace in things I have turned over to Him
God said to – it is always wise to be obedient. God also was teaching them through this, the consequences of yoking themselves to the heathen people and their gods