Day: 12 | Plan: Numbers
Today's Reading: Numbers 12
Numbers 12:8 (NIV) “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?”
The main theme of Numbers is the faithlessness of God’s people. Numbers 12 gives us sobering commentary on how faithless people act: they criticize and complain.
This is a lesson we’ve seen often from Israel. They are faithless, and their lack of faith leads to complaining. In today’s passage we see the characters complaining are leaders! This is helpful insight. No one is immune to the cancer of criticism.
Miriam and Aaron complain about Moses’ choice for a wife. But this is merely a smokescreen to veil the real frustration of their hearts: envy. Hasn’t God also spoken through us? they question. They were envious of Moses’ authority and position in the community.
This passage gives us case studies of competing attitudes—envy and humility. Miriam and Aaron are envious. Moses, on the other hand, is called the most humble man on the face of the earth. Perhaps even more noteworthy, God Himself defends this humble servant!
God comes to the defense of Moses saying that Moses is unlike other prophets because God speaks with Moses face-to-face. Why? Because God is a good and gracious God. No one deserves to speak face-to-face with God. But let’s not miss the description of Moses the Lord offers.
Moses is a true servant, and faithful in every way in the house of the Lord. Moses’ humility invites God’s intimate presence. God speaks personally and intimately with humble servants.
Oh, how I want God to speak personally and intimately to me! Can we manipulate God? Never. Does this passage seem to teach that God draws near to and blesses the humble? Yes. Our humility invites intimacy with Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I desperately want You to be near and personal in my life. I want to invite Your kindness, not Your judgment. I’m also aware that I have chosen envy, criticizing others. Help me make my heart a place that welcomes Your presence. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Numbers 12 not only tells us a lot about Miriam and Aaron, but also a lot about Moses. In the... Read More
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