Wednesday, March 3, 2010

God on Your Side

Here is both an encouraging story, and a troubling story.

Encouraging, because if we follow God and let Him do His work in our lives we can rest in the confidence that nothing that happens to us is outside His will, His plan, His purpose for our lives.

Troubling because - well, read the story!

1 "While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because he had married a Cushite woman. 2 They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us, too?” But the Lord heard them. 3 (Now Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth.)


4 So immediately the Lord called to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam and said, “Go out to the Tabernacle,[e] all three of you!” So the three of them went to the Tabernacle. 5 Then the Lord descended in the pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle.[f] “Aaron and Miriam!” he called, and they stepped forward. 6 And the Lord said to them, “Now listen to what I say:

“If there were prophets among you,
I, the Lord, would reveal myself in visions.
I would speak to them in dreams.
7 But not with my servant Moses.
Of all my house, he is the one I trust.
8 I speak to him face to face,
clearly, and not in riddles!
He sees the Lord as he is.
So why were you not afraid
to criticize my servant Moses?”

9 The Lord was very angry with them, and he departed. 10 As the cloud moved from above the Tabernacle, there stood Miriam, her skin as white as snow from leprosy.[g] When Aaron saw what had happened to her, 11 he cried out to Moses, “Oh, my master! Please don’t punish us for this sin we have so foolishly committed. 12 Don’t let her be like a stillborn baby, already decayed at birth.”

13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “O God, I beg you, please heal her!”

14 But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had done nothing more than spit in her face, wouldn’t she be defiled for seven days? So keep her outside the camp for seven days, and after that she may be accepted back.”

15 So Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days, and the people waited until she was brought back before they traveled again. 16 Then they left Hazeroth and camped in the wilderness of Paran."

God don't like criticism!
Lift up, and support your God appointed leaders, don't criticise them and make their load heavier!

Why was only Miriam struck with leprosy?
I copied a possible answer:

by Kerika

"It might have been because she was the instigator.

Aaron’s right attitude was shown by his confession and plea in behalf of leprous Miriam. (Numbers 12:10-13)

If we as women are given priviledges of service, thinking about the account about Miriam will help us to not let it go to our head. The case of Miriam is worthy of note. Although she is spoken of as a prophetess, sent by Jehovah, apparently this privilege went to her head at one point. She failed to recognize the authority Jehovah had given her younger brother Moses to lead Israel, and she was punished for it.

Also, it teaches us to show respect for Jehovah's appointed representatives.

What it teaches me about Jehovah, is that He corrects to the proper degree as brought out in Jeremiah 30:11 and Isaiah 28:24-29.

As the type of grain determines what implements will be used for threshing, so God’s treatment of persons varied according to what was best for them in bringing about their cleansing.

So, that explains the difference in Miriam and Aaron's punishment, even though they both sinned."

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