Moses-Aaron-Miriam. This series of devotionals is focused mainly on Miriam. We have a rather interesting account in Number 12 relating to these three Bible siblings.

Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. So they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it.

Numbers 12:1-2, NKJV

Moses-Aaron-Miriam. This series of devotionals is focused mainly on Miriam. We have a rather interesting account in Number 12 relating to these three Bible siblings.

Moses-Aaron-Miriam - God Hears

Most of us can certainly understand the predicament that Aaron and Miriam got into. Rare is the person who never speaks negatively against another, but what happens when we get caught? Aaron and Miriam were jealous. "Hasn't He (God) spoken through us also?"

Who heard what they said? God! When we speak against another person, God always hears and, like in the case of Aaron and Miriam, He was not happy!

In this account from Numbers 12, we have the opportunity to read the actual words spoken by God. So, much of this devotional will be the actual words spoken by God with just a little commentary from me. 

Moses-Aaron-Miriam - God Speaks!

Moses was a very humble man so God was not happy with Aaron and Miriam. After calling Aaron and Miriam to come to Him at the Tabernacle of Meeting, God spoke the following words. 

“Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak to him in a dream.
Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house.
I speak with him face to face,
Even plainly, and not in dark sayings;
And he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?”

Numbers 12:6-8, NKJV

We are reminded in James 1:19-20, (NKJV),  Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

When Aaron and Lydia, leaders of the people, spoke out against Moses, God's choice as the supreme leaders, the righteousness of God was certainly not produced. 

If we are fortunate to belong to a church that faithfully teaches God's Word, we must be very careful not to speak against our pastor, the one whom God has chosen to be our spiritual leader.

Moses-Aaron-Miriam - Consequences

Though God is long-suffering and quick to forgive our sins, we still must deal with the consequences of those sins. This is a rather long Bible passage, but please take the time to read it. 

So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. 10 And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper. 11 So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. 12 Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb!”

13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!”

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days, and afterward she may be received again.” 15 So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days, and the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in again.

Numbers 12:9-15, NKJV

Moses-Aaron-Miriam - Lesson

What lesson can we take away from this Bible passage? Let us pray that God would help us to live Godly lives before Him. God sees and hears everything--He even knows our thoughts. If we seek to live honorably and obediently before Him, then we do not have to be concerned about what others think.

After all, this world is not our home. We all look forward to our eternal home above where we will never have to be concerned with sin again--especially our own!

God Bless You,


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