Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Miriam

Micah 6:4 “For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.”

God acknowledges the place He had put these three….let us consider Miriam’s place:

Moses the leader….Aaron the High Priest…..Miriam, an example to the women.

Miriam was the older sister that hid the ark of bulrushes, with the baby Moses in it….in the Nile. When he was discovered, she quickly spoke up (brave, since she did not know what would happen)…and recommended Moses’ mother for a nurse.

Exodus 2:4, 7-8 “And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.”

Miriam was also front and center leading the women with praise for the Lord’s Victory and Redemption at the Red Sea.

Exodus 15:20-21 “And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbres in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbres and with dances.

And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea.”

I want to say here:

For some of us….we are to be supporting helpers…..not out in front leading,……but being the first to follow…and helping others decide to follow God’s Will.

When we get out of our place before God, and seek another place….or other ministry…..we cause strife, envy, and contentions. (1 Cor. 1:10-11)

(Contentions means to quarrel with the view of gaining something.

Proverbs 13:10 “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well-advised is wisdom.”

We lose a lot when we listen or give in to pride….or ambition against another Christian’s work.

For pride “puffs us up”, even in our own minds…and it is quite the shock when the Lord “pops” that pride….and humbles us back into our place.

Praise God when He shows us the graciousness of this humbling.

James 4:5-6, 10 “Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”

He shall “lift you up” in the place He has for you…..lift you up in joy and peace, and in usefulness….far more than in any other position.)

But out in the wilderness journey, Miriam becomes “miffed”….letting pride get the better of her.

And what is in the heart….usually will show it self in our actions and words.

No wonder James says…James 3:5 “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”

Numbers 12:1-2 “And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? Hath He not spoken by us? And the Lord heard it.”

Most believe that this is Zipporah, the Midianite’s daughter, whom Moses had married in exile.

Miriam speaks to Aaron….probably privately….about Moses wife,….trying to find some fault in Moses.

“Has God only spoken through Moses? Has He not also used us?”

For Miriam to say this is ridiculous. The scriptures are silent where she is concerned….since the singing at the Red Sea.

As for Aaron…..he was not seen in a good light, especially at Mt. Sinai….but still God chose him and his children, for the priesthood.

Yet, her emotions were leading her….(a warning for all of us, when we are frustrated or emotionally worked up….to not to speak to others, what we would be afraid to speak to God.)

Numbers 12:4, 6-10 “And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

And He said,….If there be a prophet…I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision….

My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

With him will I speak mouth to mouth….wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

And the cloud departed….and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow:….”

Let me say, leprosy was the worst disease. This was a very serious judgement.

And they did not know whether it was permanent.

Miriam spoke against Moses….but so did Aaron, yet she was the oldest and had probably led in this harsh speech…because she is named first.

This speech….although it seemed against Moses and his wife alone……

….was really against God’s choice.

And how many times do we speak against the way God leads or who He chooses to use.

Aaron was rebuked….but Miriam chastened. Yet it is Aaron which confesses…

Numbers 12:11 “And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.”

Aaron acknowledged the foolishness of speaking “privately” against Moses….God hears our every word….our every thought.

And he acknowledged it was sin.

Moses “cried out” to God….”Heal her now, I beseech Thee.” Again, they are not sure this will not be permanent.

But God is not mocked…..He was going to give a lesson….to all of them.

You can not sin, and then…..only be sorry for the chastening.

Numbers 12:14 “And the Lord said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? Let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.”

The Lord chastens that we might learn…..that the sin we have gotten into might be seen, as sin…..and put away.

He forgives, but often sends us a brief embarrassment, or trial….that we might learn the hard lesson….He knows best…His Way is best.

“If her father had spit in her face….she would be placed outside the camp for seven days…..can not I do this as well?”

This, too, is a merciful lesson. If God had left her to continue to speak….destruction would have been the end result.

But He corrected and chastened that she would not have to be destroyed with the wicked that was always speaking against Moses.

But there are often corporate consequences to our personal sin….whether in our family, our work, or our church.

Israel had to wait…..stop in their journey because of her sin.

(It is interesting to note that in the very next chapter…..was the evil speaking of the ten spies [Numbers 13:32]…..and of the people, [which is in the following chapter]….about rejecting God’s promised land and Moses as their leader.

Notice God said to Moses…”I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against Me.

Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in Mine ears, so will I do to you:” [Numbers 14:27-28]

“As truly as I live”…He was very much a Living God…Who hears and protects all who believe Him,….and Who hears and rejects all who reject Him.)

We often forget that our words are very important to the Lord…..even the ones we speak “privately”. For our words are what show what is in our hearts….to others.

Matthew 35-37 “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

We shall be justified….seen as righteous by our good words…and blessed for them…

…or we shall be condemned….before men….for our wrong speaking.

Miriam was foolish….letting her mouth speak the frustration and envy that she felt….when she should have brought her thoughts to the Lord….and saved herself from sin,….increasing her usefulness….in her place.

Let us….

Psalms 141:3 “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”

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