Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses
12 “Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. 2 And they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it. 3 Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. 4 And suddenly the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” And the three of them came out. 5 And the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. 6 And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. 7 Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. 8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” 9 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and he departed.
10 When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. 11 And Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, do not punish us because we have done foolishly and have sinned. 12 Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother’s womb.” 13 And Moses cried to the Lord, “O God, please heal her—please.” 14 But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again.” 15 So Miriam was shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again. 16 After that the people set out from Hazeroth, and camped in the wilderness of Paran.”
In the previous chapter, Moses expressed a desire for all of God’s people to be able to prophesy, a desire echoed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:1–5. The ability to hear God and speak forth his thoughts and purposes was not to be limited to a select few. But when Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ siblings, attempted to downplay Moses’ unique relationship with God and elevate themselves, they were disciplined. In this case, there were normal prophets (see Numbers 12:6), and then there was Moses, who spoke to the Lord face to face (verses 7–8).
Astonishingly, this is the kind of relationship we are urged to pursue. In fact, we are offered an even better one (see 2 Corinthians 3:12–18). We are being transformed into Christ’s image and given an invitation to seek the Lord’s face freely.
Are you bold in your faith?
Are you being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another?
Are you allowing the Spirit to work in and through you?
I found an article from the Washington Post to be a very interesting read this week.
The article says,
“Wednesday’s news that Gallup is now recording the lowest level of self-described pro-choicers in its history of tracking the abortion issue is no doubt an unwelcome hiccup in their vision for America.
The survey found:
The 41 percent of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47 percent last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves “pro-life,” one point shy of the record high.
The polling shows that rather than embracing abortion with increasing gusto, Americans–especially young Americans–are rejecting it with increasing disgust, and not just for religious reasons.
First, the fetus has been humanized.
Second, we have seen the way abortion is used in the world to undermine the rights of women, whether it is forced abortion in China, gender-selective abortion worldwide or its concentration among poor and minority women.
Finally, the pro-life movement has caught on to the importance of framing. You can’t win a debate if you are trying to take away the “rights” of a group.
And as it turns out, the religious people behind much of the pro-life movement aren’t actually so nutty, or so old.”
The statistics and the first point are what amaze me. The facts of pregnancy have not changed but due to technology now people are finally forced to believe that life begins with an action of God not a choice of a mother.
To read the full article, click here.
So this one today really hit me as I’m preparing to lead the worship portion of our Summer Kids Camp/VBS week later in June. I hope you are reminded of true worship as you read this:
The basic meaning of worship is to kneel or prostrate oneself on the ground in recognition of the power, majesty and authority of the object of one’s worship. Worship is more than assigning worth; it’s acknowledging that worth is already there. When we worship God, we are responding to his intrinsic majesty and goodness. That was Moses’ response when God passed by, revealed his glory and proclaimed his name and attributes. God declared his compassion, grace, mercy, love, patience and faithfulness. And since he is a God of justice, he also pledged not to leave the guilty unpunished. The emphasis, though, wasn’t on the Lord’s wrath, power and judgment—but on his love. When we hear of the goodness, the greatness and the glory of God, worship is our appropriate response too. We bow before him in awe and appreciation of who he is.
So we had a rough Memorial Day weekend here in the Atkins home. First Owen was diagnosed with a double ear infection on Thursday…which wouldn’t be so bad but he HATES to take medicine so almost every time we give it to him he proceeds to throw it back up. Then on Saturday Addyson decided to jump into the back of the couch (with all the pillows removed for any kind of cushion) and bruised/face burned her cheek pretty good (see picture below). Oh yes, and then Sunday morning she started running fever so we fought 103+ fever for most of the day when around 4 pm she started throwing up, which was interesting because she hadn’t eaten anything since lunch on Saturday. This continued most of the night until around 2:30 when her fever finally broke and she slept well for the rest of the night. But Monday morning she was complaining of a very sore throat so we headed to the doctor where we learned that an intestinal virus was going around, yeah us! Monday was spent at home drinking lots of fluids and praying that no one else in our family got it! So today is Tuesday and we’re much better, please join me in praying that it stays that way for the rest of the summer!
The next volume in the thrilling, moving, bestselling Harry Potter series will reach readers June 21, 2003 — and it’s been worth the wait!
We could tell you, but then we’d have to Obliviate your memory.
When the government of the magic world and authorities at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry refuse to believe in the growing threat of a freshly revived Lord Voldemort, fifteen-year-old Harry Potter finds support from his loyal friends in facing the evil wizard and other new terrors.
So this book was a quicker read than the last for me as I felt that the action is growing and building towards the end. I am still blown away by J.K.Rowling’s ability to spin/weave this story over the last 5 books into 5 years of Harry’s life. I can’t wait to see what the final 2 books bring.
Joseph is one of the finest examples in the Bible of faithfulness in the face of tribulation. Wherever he was, Joseph lived for the glory of God. We are frequently told that the Lord was with him and gave him success. Joseph demonstrated that he could be trusted in a variety of settings, thereby showing himself dependable. He was faithful over small things, so God was able to set him over large things.
Most of our failures come with the small things. It rarely occurs to us that the challenge of the moment is to demonstrate ourselves faithful at that point. But if we persevere, then—and only then—will we be trusted with greater responsibilities and opportunities.
So I’ve always been a bit sucked into the reality show world. If you do not feel the same, do not feel the need to keep reading :).
It all started with the Bachelor (Season 2) then moved onto Survivor (the early seasons) then I got hooked onto Keeping with the Kardashians (and all the shows that go with that family). Other reality shows that I love are: Say Yes to the Dress, Cake Boss, The Amazing Race, 19 Kids and Counting, Duck Dynasty (a very recent addition), The Deadliest Catch, and many many more.
Justin makes fun of me all the time about this habit but I only watch them alone and in my spare time (like when I’m working and they’re on in the background).
Well, recently I’ve recently come across a show that I truly love watching and do not in any way feel guilty about watching (as it is a great show detailing the lives of two ordinary people who work really hard at all they do), Giuliana & Bill. I’ve absolutely been blown away at their show this season as Giuliana has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, had a lumpectomy, double mastectomy, reconstruction, and all of this while they were still trying very hard to have a baby. God has blessed them (as they say on their show) with a baby via a Gestational Carrier to be born late this summer. If you are interested or enjoy watching reality tv I highly recommend this one.
10 Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder[a] set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it[b] and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
18 So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel,[c] but the name of the city was Luz at the first. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”
Jacob’s dream, in which he sees God’s angels ascending and descending a stairway to heaven, seems to be a turning point in his life. It appears to be the moment when God becomes personal to him. Jacob’s life after this encounter certainly wasn’t perfect, but God was able to use him in a central role to fulfill ancient promises.
We too must have a personal encounter and a relationship with God before we can experience his work in us and through us. And our encounter with him centers around Jesus. Our relationship with God depends on how well we know his Son. How intimately do we experience his presence? How clearly do we hear his voice? Above all else, we are to seek closeness with the One who bridged the gap between heaven and earth.