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

Backsliding And Bold Prayer

​Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”

Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. The people went about and gathered it and ground it in handmills or beat it in mortars and boiled it in pots and made cakes of it. And the taste of it was like the taste of cakes baked with oil. When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.

Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the Lord blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased. Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? Did I conceive all this people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,’ to the land that you swore to give their fathers? Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me and say, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me. If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.”

Numbers 11:4‭-‬15 ESV

This is again one of the passage in the Old Testament where Moses cried out to the Lord. Moses was so burdened with the attitudes of the Israelites and their complaining. He seems to be feeling caught in the middle of a displeased God and people who grumbled too much.

God provided the manna for the Israelites to eat but they wanted more as they craved for meat so they grumbled. I don’t think God’s anger rekindled simply because of their desire to eat meat, I believe God got angry because in spite of their salvation they still looked for their old lives in Egypt. Sometimes, we are like the Israelites. Even after we received salvation offered by Jesus, we have tendencies to go back to our old dead self. Although we have this predisposition, we can be thankful to God that we can rely on His grace to help us overcome backsliding. We just need to abide in Jesus so He can work on our faith to perfection as we remain on guard with our heart.

As for Moses, the way he cried out to God is worthy of emulating. There is this sense that he was in intimate relationship with God. This for me is what a bold prayer is – pouring our hearts out. Oftentimes, we think of asking God for major breakthroughs or miracles as bold prayers. There is nothing wrong asking for those things so we shall continue to do so but God is generous and already laid out a plan for each and everyone of us, there is nothing that can change His mind on how He shall bless us. A bold prayer is talking to God asking Him “What are You doing Lord, why can’t I understand Your ways and will? Override my feelings and my will because it will do me no good if I’m not aligned to Your will. It is unbearable that sometimes I don’t hear from You, make Your presence felt. Remember me.” 💔😢😭

Our Lord is so gracious hearing our deepest cries, especially when we feel most alone and helpless with what is happening around us. A strong relationship with Him is what we can hold on to, He fully knows our hearts and He won’t mind how we say them.

Soli Deo Gloria!

– Rhia

PS:

Speaking of bold prayer, last year I onced asked the Lord to not let my mother go back for vacation if it would only cause animosity, heartaches and family division, I did not want to deal with her because of her issues. But if He would allow it, then cause a change in my heart so I would honor Him the way I would treat my mother. And so God answered, in the end we had a fun family get-away with my mother without any ill-feelings whatsoever. I have nothing but gratitude for the Lord!!! ❤❤❤

Wait On The Lord For Answer

​So Moses told the people of Israel that they should keep the Passover. And they kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the people of Israel did. And there were certain men who were unclean through touching a dead body, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day, and they came before Moses and Aaron on that day. And those men said to him, “We are unclean through touching a dead body. Why are we kept from bringing the Lord’s offering at its appointed time among the people of Israel?” And Moses said to them, “Wait, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you.”

Numbers 9:4‭-‬8 ESV

This passage is a good reminder how to react when we face situations where we are not certain on what to do. Here, Moses did not just come up with answer right away, he waited on the Lord for answer.

I admit I have a tendency on making decisions without first consulting God. As a young follower of Christ, I really want to develop the attitude of deferring to God for all decision-making. At times, I find myself so focused on thinking what to do forgetting that I’m just a prayer away to the One who fully knows what was, is and is to come. There are even times that I let my feelings and emotion lead my choices. This I believe are not reliable indicators and may be sometimes problematic. Often, I make actions in anger which I later regret and does not glorify God.

Nevertheless, this passage is on point speaking to me that no too small or big decisions for the Lord not to be concerned about. Afterall, He saved me from the punishment of my sins and died on the cross for me, that’s how concerned Jesus is with me. I just need to be always reminded that every time I face decision whether difficult or easy, I need to pause for a while, with humility ask the Lord and wait for what He has to say. That in all things I do, He must be the Lord and be glorified.

Soli Deo Gloria!

-Rhia