Numbers 12:1-9… “And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out. And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed” (KJV).
Christians often experience the response, “Who do you think you are?” or “Why should we listen to you? You are not the only one God speaks to, you know. We know the Bible as well as you do.” In our text, Aaron and Miriam spoke against Moses and God heard it. The Bible says of God that He changes not (Malachi 3:6). God hears the talk against His anointed. Our text does not say that Moses heard what was said against him, but God did. God hears all that we say. King David also had an experience of talk against him. Psalm 38:13-15 says, “But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs. For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God” (KJV). Like Moses, David was silent in his own cause. He did not retaliate, but God still heard it. In our text God summoned Moses and Aaron and Miriam to come to the door of the tabernacle. Aaron and Miriam were made to know that, as important as they were, they were not considered equal to Moses, nor were they set up in positions to be rivals to Moses. Verse 3 tells us that Moses was very meek and above all the men of the earth, and the next verse tells us that the Lord spoke very suddenly: “Get over here and be quick about it.” When God speaks, it is time to move. God came down and said verses 6-8, “And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.”
God told them that He speaks to some prophets through visions and dreams and gives them revelations of His will, but that the honor that He put on Moses was greater. Moses was a man of great integrity and faithfulness. God had entrusted Moses to deliver his mind and will to the children of Israel. God said that with Moses He would speak face to face–what an honor. God was asking Aaron and Miriam to consider who it was that they were insulting and accusing. “Were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” (v. 8) or “How dare you abuse God’s servants?” With this, God removed His presence from them. Woe unto us when God departs, when we speak against those whom God has anointed. We actually drive Him away from us. It seems that when the presence of God is visible, accusers sometimes rise up and challenge those whom God has called. Peter talks about this in 1 Peter 5:5-6… Jealousy, envy, and pride often play a big part in those who are “speaking against.”
Pastor George Belobaba
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