Numbers 11:24-13:33; Mark 14: 22-52; Psalm 52:1-9′ Proverbs 11:1-3
Sibling rivalry raised its ugly head in the Wilderness. Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ older siblings began to question their younger brother’s authority–hadn’t he just taken a wife from a foreign land?
Perhaps they didn’t find this suitable for the leader of a people that God had set aside for Himself. Couldn’t Moses have found someone from among the many of his own people?
“Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite (Ethiopian) wife. Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us?” vs.2
“And the Lord heard this.” vs. 2
Moses probably got wind of this too. Being the humble man that he was– “more humble than anyone on the face of the earth” vs. 3–he may have not wanted to confront his older siblings. The Scripture doesn’t say.
But, the Lord heard and was not going to let it go.
“At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, ‘Come out to the Tent of Meeting, all three of you.'”
Calling out Miriam and Aaron specifically, the Lord explained how he spoke to most prophets–through visions and dreams. However–he spoke to their brother face to face, clearly, freely. He told them Moses had even seen him–and lived! The Lord was that close to Moses.
See a difference here Miriam? Aaron? I’m very close to your brother because I have chosen him–he is my spokesman to this people. He represents me to this people!
“Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” vs. 8
The Lord fumed.
In the wake of his anger he left Miriam with the visible sign of her rebellion–leprosy covered her–it was a death sentence.
Forgive us brother! We were foolish!
Humble, gracious Moses prayed for his big sister “O God, please heal her.” vs. 13
And the Lord did.
The Lord nipped the rebellion in the bud. He still had a nation to lead and he wanted Moses to be the one to do it!
Lord God, you graciously provide us with pastors, teachers, youth workers and others to lead us on our faith journey. We thank you for their leadership and humble obedience to You and Your Word. When disagreements arise, grant wisdom and humility of heart to work through the conflicts. Bless them and keep them close to you just as you kept Moses close to your heart. We ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“When pride comes, then come disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2