god takes offence
This morning, let’s open up with this interesting statement made by God.
In this encounter, God calls forth Aaron, Miriam, and Moses to His meeting place – the tent of meeting. When the three of them arrived, they were greeted by God’s presence in a form of a pillar of cloud, which stood in front of the door at the tent of meeting.
Then God proceeded to call forward, Aaron and Miriam, so He could clearly identify who He was directly addressing. And then, speaking directly to Aaron and Miriam, God says.
Then God proceeded to make a clear distinction between not only the role, position, and authority between Moses and his siblings – Aaron and Miriam. But God clearly describes how He chooses to interact and reveal matters to Moses in comparison to how He communicates and interacts with Aaron and Miriam (Numbers 12:6-8).
Why did God take such an aggressive step in dealing with Aaron and Miriam before Moses? Verse 8 reveals why God responded in this manner. It reads
god takes offence
In the court trial that God brought against Aaron and Miriam before the assembly that He formed, God took great displeasure in the actions of His prominent leaders, Aaron and Miriam. They both were in disagreement concerning a matter relating to Moses. Instead of addressing and handling this matter through the proper channels. (See Matthews 18:15-17). The two excessively grumble and complain about Moses among themselves.
Before looking at how God dealt with such conspicuous and treasonous acts by Aaron and Miriam. Let’s look at what kind of complaint the two of them had against Moses.
At Numbers chapter 12, verse 1, the Bible shows us that Aaron and Miriam had an issue with Moses because of his wife who was of Cushite descent. Based on their grievances against Moses, this led to the two of them questioned who God appointed as an authority figure over them. (Compare to 1 Corinthians chapter 12). They questioned whether God was only speaking and giving instructions through Moses (Numbers 12:2). The two of them said
Then verse 2 ends with this statement.
It was shortly after God heard the criticism spoken by Aaron and Miriam concerning His servant Moses that God called a meeting before His place of assembly with Aaron, Miriam, and Moses.
god responDS to the co-conspirators
So, Moses, Aaron, and Miriam were all standing before the presence of God at the tent of meeting. God opens up by stating His case against Aaron and Miriam. Then, after announcing the charges against them, God had to decide whether to pass judgment on the two co-conspirators. Notice how God decides to handle this case against His servants, His leaders.
Verse 9 says – so the anger of the LORD burned against them….
God was hot, mad with the behavior of Aaron and Miriam concerning His servant, Moses. And immediately after His Spirit departed from before the three, Miriam was struck with leprous [Numbers 12:9-10 (compare to Psalm 5:4)].
what can we learn from this event
There is so much we can learn from this dispute and dissension that took place between Moses and his brother and sister – Aaron and Miriam. But to fully receive all you can learn from this account; you should read the entire story for yourself. However, here are a few points I will like you to walk away with from this experience.
Aaron acknowledged his sin and not only repented. But he repented to the one he caused harm toward. In response to Aaron’s plead on behalf of Miriam and himself, Moses cries out to the LORD.
The one who was the target of an attack, the victim of Aaron and Miriam’s insults. Did Moses retaliate, or spoke evil in return, or celebrate and boast when God disciplined Miriam with leprous? No, instead, Moses prayed on Miriam’s behalf. He pleaded for Miriam’s restoration.
How did God respond? After Moses’ requests, God politely reminded Moses how sometimes a father (an earthy father) must discipline his child in accordance to their unrighteous act. As a result, the child must experience the full penalty of their sin. That is the consequence of his or her sinful actions. Therefore, even though God may forgive them of their sin and extend mercy and grace to a person. That person most likely will still feel the full efforts of the consequences of his or her sinful action (Number 12:14-15). We like to call it karma.
I strongly believe we are entering in the days of what has been illustrated for us in this situation between Aaron and Miriam and their brother Moses. I believe we are about to see an accounting for our actions and even words on a level that we have never seen in this generation, but only have read about in God's Word.
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