July 19: Miriam – Numbers 12:1-16
This summer, we are looking to the women of the Bible for encouragement, advice, and examples of living life full with God. In July and August, we’re reading the stories of Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Miriam, Zipporah, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Proverbs 31 woman, Gomer, Elizabeth, all the Marys, Martha, woman at the well, bleeding woman, adulterous woman, Canaanite woman, Lydia, Eunice, Priscilla, and the Titus 2 woman. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
Miriam – Numbers 12:1-16
Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses
Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. 2 “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this.
3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)
4 At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them went out. 5 Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, 6 he said, “Listen to my words:
“When there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions,
I speak to them in dreams.
7 But this is not true of my servant Moses;
he is faithful in all my house.
8 With him I speak face to face,
clearly and not in riddles;
he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
to speak against my servant Moses?”
9 The anger of the Lord burned against them, and he left them.
10 When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous—it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease, 11 and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed. 12 Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.”
13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, “Please, God, heal her!”
14 The Lord replied to Moses, “If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back.” 15 So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back.
16 After that, the people left Hazeroth and encamped in the Desert of Paran.
Being Positive | Rebecca Hoyt
Moses’ brother (the high priest) and his sister spoke against Moses’ marriage. My Bible notes that since Miriam’s name is placed first it could suggest that she was the main critic of Moses. The reason for the critique of Moses appears to be the cover for the real complaint — Miriam and Aaron’s dissatisfaction with their lowlier positions in comparison to their brother Moses. They felt that Moses was hoarding all the power. But, Moses is described as very humble, more than all men, which would affirm that he did not flaunt his God-ordained role.
It is so easy to look at what you think others have (I really need to get off of Facebook) and you don’t have and then start getting a bad attitude taking it out on others, complaining. I am usually a glass 1/2 full kind of person, but when there is so much negativity, it’s hard not to let pride and jealousy in, especially when you’re emotionally exhausted. But God does not want me to stop fighting for a positive attitude and every day to be a role model for my family.
Dear Lord, thank You for helping me to come to You more and more with every little thing; nothing is to small for You. Please let my whole family come to You with any fears, anxieties, and worries. Please let what others have or we think they have not make us jealous.
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