Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Miriam Sister of Moses and Aaron

Exodus 2:1-10 Miriam "watched" over her brother. I wonder if the daughter of the Pharoah thought it was weird that there just happened to be a Hebrew girl right there to help. I wonder if Miriam was scared to approach the Pharoah's daughter.

She must have been an independent child.

Exodus 15:20-21 Miriam was the first prophetess listed in the Bible. I wonder what implications that meant. Did God speak to her like He spoke to Moses and Aaron. Did the people listen to her? She must have been a respected leader among the women or the women would not have followed her into the streets playing tambourines and dancing.

She is only listed as Aarons sister, why wansn't Moses listed? Did they not consider Him a brother because he was not raised with them but in the court of the Pharoah?

Numbers 12:1-15 Miriam obviously had a problem because of Moses' wife, the cushite woman, it was so much of an issue it is mentioned twice in the same verse. She also seemed jealous of the relationship Moses had with God. Miriam was talked to by God but Moses had a very nearly face to face meeting with God and lived.

When the Lord called them out and scolded Aaron and Miriam, it was just like a father scolding siblings. Miriam got the brunt end of it. When the cloud of God lifted from the three (Moses, Aaron, and Miriam), Miriam had leprosy. God was punishing her for (I think) her selfishness and pride and spoiledness. Moses and Aaron plead with God to heal her, God "banished" Miriam from camp for seven days. After that she was healed and allowed back in to the camp.
I wonder what went through her mind during that week of solitude. I bet she watched her mouth and her attitude after that.

I thank God that He does not do that to his children now when we start acting like that. There would be a lot of leprous people walking around.

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