There is a very enlightening story in the 12th Chapter of the Book of Numbers that highlights Moses and his character, one we would be wise to study and consider. In it, Miriam and Aaron made disparaging remarks publicly about Moses although it is clear their beef was mostly against God for having elevated their brother over them. Evidently God spoke through them also. In line with human tendencies, they kept it to themselves waiting for the first opportunity given them to voice their displeasure. They found it by way of Moses’ wife, very likely because of a disagreement between her and Miriam. and they felt it would further validate their argument. Verse 1 says: And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married : for he had married an Ethiopian woman.Insinuating that since Moses was obviously unwise in marrying someone who was different, why would God hold him in higher regard than they and choose him as their leader. Keep in mind that this was Moses’ own flesh and blood who was publicly speaking against him. Moses did not respond to the accusation but God did, and ordered the three to come to the door of the tabernacle. The Lord strongly rebuked Miriam and Aaron and told them that Moses was not like His other prophets whom He would speak to in dreams and visions. He was the only man God spoke with face to face. In the end, Miriam, the instigator, was struck with leprosy. Moses pleaded to the Lord in her behalf and she was restored after seven days and was permitted to come back into the camp, but not before suffering a generous dose of public humiliation.
There’s so much more to the story than that but today I want to focus on the way Moses handled the matter. (1) He did not lash out against them in defiance. (2) He never carried a grudge over it. (3) He interceded in prayer for Miriam and Aaron (4) He permitted them to continue in their assigned calling, Aaron as the high priest and Miriam as a prophetess and song leader. To me it is a reminder that God’s true servants are people of character. Is it important to treat others like Moses did, even when they have sinned against us? You bet! I think we should all ask the Lord to help us be like Moses.
Memory verse for the week: (1 John 5:4) for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.