We are told that the result of Pinchas’s heroic act was that he was awarded with the Kehunah. What does the Kehunah have to do with what Pinchas did? One idea here is that, as the Maharal says, the key facet of the Kohen’s job is the creation of shalom. It is via the korbanos that the Kohen ‘makes shalom’ between HaShem and Klal Yisrael, and even the Sotah offering - which brings a husband and wife back together (if it goes well!) - is done via the Kohen. Thus, since Pinchas’s act both stopped the plague in Klal Yisrael and stopped the warring factions against Moshe, Pinchas was rewarded with ‘a covenant of peace’ (25:12) in the form of the Kehunah.

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