July 19, 2020

Numbers 12:1-end–This chapter is another one in the history of Israel that shows how God mediates in the family’s affairs. The chapter focuses on Moses, his sister Miriam, his brother Aaron. Both Miriam and Aaron were displeased with Moses because he had married an Ethiopian woman. They said, “Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath He not spoken also by us?” v.2. The LORD heard it and summoned the three of them to meet Him at the tabernacle of the congregation. It was there he told them the difference between Moses, His servant (their brother), and them. He said, “Hear my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches, and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold, wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them, and He departed.v 6-9. The result of this confrontation caused Miriam to become leprous and had to be kept outside the camp for her healing process when Moses interceded for her. She was there for 7 days and the children of Israel could not continue on their journey until she recovered.

Though this was a family feud, it shows that God reigns in the midst of us all. It also reveals to us the authority He had placed upon Moses, which is over and above that of his siblings. It does not matter the person that has been endued with power from above, we are not supposed to speak against them. But from the words of these two siblings, they were not only against Moses for marrying the Ethiopian woman, but they were actually jealous or envious of the anointing upon him.  They said that God speaks to them too, so why is he different? The difference is now clear. God has chosen Moses to lead the people of Israel, and they had to accept this.  From this chapter, we can see the different ways we might have angered God by the way we criticize servants of God. If they acted in a way that we think it was wrong, we can approach them and make it known to them in love. They are human beings and are not above errors. It is not easy to be in a position of authority. What they need is our prayers, not criticism. Also before we even decide to act as a judge, we need to examine our motives too. Have we removed the log in our own eyes? When we subject ourselves to proper scrutiny, the LORD will advise us on what actions to take to help the situation. If you could remember that Moses was advised by his father-in-law in the book of Exodus, and God was not against it.

Therefore it is good to allow the Judge of the whole world who says “Vengeance is mine, I will recompense” to do it at His appropriate time. He is the One who has absolute authority over all human beings and all situations. If you are conversant with some of the stories we will get to later on, you will see how David was presented with two opportunities to kill King Saul who was pursuing him. Yet David said “he would not touch the anointed man of God” despite the fact that King Saul wanted to kill him. David allowed God to kill King Saul Himself. Are we fighting for ourselves or for God when we take matters into our hands?  Remember not to touch the anointed man of God, because there will always be consequences. May the LORD continue to teach us how to handle matters to His pleasing in Jesus’ Name, Amen.  Be blessed.

 

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