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"So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the
people did not move on until Miriam was received again." Numbers 12:15
For an entire week the children of Israel stood still. They made no
progress in their journey. They didn't break down their tents and they
didn't set them up. Nobody moved. It wasn't that they had arrived where
they wanted it be, it was they couldn't move because of the disobedience
of a couple of its people.
Aaron was Moses' right hand man; Miriam was his sister. With Moses out
of earshot, they began trashing him because they didn't approve of his
wife-she was a Cushite, and they didn't like her. I suppose it is a sister's
prerogative not to like her sister-in-law, I mean Miriam wouldn't be the
first person to disapprove of a brother's choice in a bride. But Miriam
and Aaron went too far, they asked a couple of questions they shouldn't
have asked, "Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not
spoken through us as well?" (Numbers 12:2 NASB) As they spoke, they thought
they were alone, but they weren't, God was listening. And God wasn't happy
about them trashing His leader.
He appeared to them in a cloud and told them to come to Him. In no uncertain
terms, God lectured them about the special place Moses had in His kingdom
work and then asked them why they weren't afraid to speak against him?
God didn't wait for their answer, when the cloud departed, Miriam was as
white as a ghost. Not because of her fear, but because God struck her with
leprosy. Aaron appealed to Moses, asking him to intervene on her behalf
with God, and Moses did as Aaron asked, pleading with God to heal her.
God did, but not for seven days. For seven days the Children of Israel
stopped their journey toward the promised land while Miriam lived in shame
for asking two questions.
After the week was over they sent spies into the land to bring a report
back to Moses about the land God had promised them, but for an entire week
they stood still. Nobody moved.
I wonder if Miriam had any more questions she wanted to ask?
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