Humility And God’s Discipline

​Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. And they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it. Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. And suddenly the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” And the three of them came out. And the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord . Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and he departed. When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. And Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my Lord, do not punish us because we have done foolishly and have sinned. Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother’s womb.” And Moses cried to the Lord , “O God, please heal her—please.” But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again.” So Miriam was shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again. After that the people set out from Hazeroth, and camped in the wilderness of Paran.

Numbers 12:1‭-‬16 ESV

I love this passage and what reminders it is telling me. In our lives, we sometimes experience oppositions but if we keep walking in the ways of the Lord no matter who we are up against to, the Lord will be on our side and fight for us. In this passage, it seems that Moses did not even know that his siblings were talking behind his back. I could just imagine how the confrontation was like when God summoned Arron, Miriam and Moses at the entrance of the tent. For sure it was vindicating to Moses that God affirmed him as a faithful servant. How wonderful it is to have a personal relationship with the Lord! ❤❤❤

I could not also help not to admire Moses’ humility. Humility is not very easy trait to embody especially when people wrong you. Moses even prayed for Miriam’s healing when God caused her to be leprous. I believe Moses was humble as he was because he fully knew God and rested on God’s sovereignity. With this, my prayer is for the Lord to bless me with humility rooted from the knowledge of His sovereignity. That’s why reading the Bible helps so much to develop a Christlikeness attitude and outlook.

Finally, this passage also showed God as a Father who disciplined His children. He knew that Moses was wronged so He punished Miriam not too harm her but to teach her that what she did was unrighteous. We can sense that God cared for her because the Israelites waited for her to get well before they went on their way. This is a good reminder every time we feel disciplined by the Lord, that Jesus will never leave us and at the end of it we will be more like him if we endure and learn.

Soli Deo Gloria!

– Rhia

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