4-9. OUR GREATEST TRIALS SOMETIMES ARISE FROM THE MOST UNLIKELY QUARTERS. And God's ordinary method in punishing envious pride is to inflict some peculiarly ignominious stroke. 4. God pronounced Moses "faithful." It asks the minister to examine himself and see whether he has not been guilty of depreciating a brother's gifts, because he looked upon him as a rival rather than as a fellow-labourer; it bids the merchant search through the recesses of his heart, if haply the terms in which he refers to a neighbour, or the tales he tells of him, be not due to the fact that, either in business or in society, he has been somehow preferred before him; it beseeches the lady, who is engaged in whispering the most ill-natured gossip against another in her circle, to inquire and see whether the animus of her deed be not the avenging of some fancied slight, or the desire to protest against an honour which has been done to the object of what Thackeray has called "her due Christian animosity." The Gospel of Thomas uses on the whole 12 different numbers: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 24, 60, 99, 100, 120, 1000 and 10000. The Ethiopian— Either, 1. 1. an Ethiopian woman -- Hebrew, "a Cushite woman"--Arabia was usually called in Scripture the land of Cush, its inhabitants being descendants of that son of Ham accounted generally a vile and contemptible race the part of Miriam and Aaron against Moses was the great change made in the government by the adoption of the seventy rulers [ Numbers … You will recognize, of course, that it is the experience of Romans 7 where the unhappy, defeated Christian, who is his own worst enemy, is being disciplined by God because God as a father loves him. If we imbibe the spirit of our Lord and Master we shall offer prayer for those who use us ill. Has he not spoken through us also?” The people came to Moses, and said, "We have sinned, because we have spoken against Yahweh. hath he not spoken also by us? Zipporah, who is here called an Ethiopian, in the Hebrew a Cushite, because she was a Midianite: the word Cush being generally used in scripture, not for Ethiopia properly so called below Egypt, but for Arabia. They believed God also spoke to them and not just their brother Moses. 1. Numbers 12:1-2: The Sedition of Miriam and Aaron: W. Binnie : Numbers 12:1-6: God the Vindicator of His Calumniated Servants: E.S. II. Christian Magic Tricks to illustrate Biblical Truths When I was a teenager, I watched a Pastor illustrating why Jesus had to die. Numbers 12:13. Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb. - B. "And the Lord heard it." (2) The commission of Moses extended to every part of the Lord's house, and in every department of his service he showed fidelity. the Lord put a mark of his displeasure on Miriam. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed. CRITICAL! The pretence was, that he had married a foreign wife; but probably their pride was hurt, and their envy stirred up, by his superior authority. Moses, leaving the exposure and punishment with God, and interceding for Miriam, teaches us how to regard attacks upon our character, and act under them, and towards such unhappy offenders. The causes from whence it floweth are Satan, pride, disdain of others, self-love, no love of the truth, no zeal of God's glory, no desire of the good of the Church.The effects thereof are trouble, disquietness, fear, flattery, envy, and subtilty. By this loss the public itself is impoverished and injured. I will give what I have promised in the presence of all God’s people. If any man ask what it is, I answer, It is an immoderate desire after dignity, and of dignity upon dignity; it is a thirst that never can be quenched; for as the covetous person hath never enough money, so the ambitious hath never enough honour. They boasted, Numbers 12:2 that the Lord had spoken by them as well as by Moses. V. THE SERVANTS OF THE LORD DO WELL IN BEARING PATIENTLY THE REPROACHES WHICH ARE CAST UPON THEM. He may do that long before the day of final assize. 3 Outlines . 5. Humbled, by being cleansed in answer to the prayer of him she had wronged.Learn —. The author of all gifts and honours is God. Numbers 21:4-9. Moses was not the man to resist so touching an appeal. Pray to Yahweh, that he take away the serpents from us." Observe the terms in which he is described, for there is much more in them than is perceived at first. In the conduct of Moses we have a pattern. Numbers 12:1-16 Miriam and Aaron oppose Moses. 3. In the conduct of Miriam and Aaron we have a beacon. She was smitten with leprosy, and under circumstances that much heightened the effect of the punishment. She was a prophetess - the earliest recorded example of a woman endowed with the gift of prophecy - and she excelled also in song (Exodus 15:20; Micah 6:4). See how the grace of God can enable us to return good for evil, and thus feel an indescribable peace and happiness in our own spirit, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost. Numbers 12:6 in all English translations. And they three came out. 3. Moses may have heard of it. Psalm 55:12-15). Sermon preached at Grace Protestant Reformed Church by Rev. 4. And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned. Nor is the difficulty lessened when the person exalted is of our own kindred. Oh, if this spirit were universal, what a happy world would this be! The meaning of 12, which is considered a perfect number, is that it Even the bees, when put into a glass hive, go to work at the very first to make the glass opaque, for they will not have their secrets made common property; and surely we busy human beings may sometimes be allowed to be by ourselves. .are we not all in danger here? There was something very petty in the conduct of Miriam and Aaron, but it was not, therefore, a trifling offence. I. Numbers 12:1-2: The Modern Application of an Ancient Incident: W. Jones. 2. Opposition from our near relations, and from religious friends, is … 12 Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. Numbers 21:1-9. Miriam was healed; but she was shut out from the camp as an unclean person for the space of a week, as the law prescribed. As they complained about Moses’ marriage, they complained also about God speaking only to Moses. Ah! This done, the cloud of the Divine presence rose as suddenly as it had come down. If a man's public life has been blamable, then let him be arraigned; but let no Paul Pry interviewer cross his threshold to get hold of family secrets, or descend into the area to hear some hirelings' moralisings. Numbers 12:1-2: The Sin of Miriam and Aaron: W. Jones. ", (1) Moses was "the servant of the Lord," "the man of God," in a sense more ample than any other individual who ever lived excepting only Christ himself; and one can perceive a tone of singular love in the way in which the title is here used: "my servant Moses.". 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? If the Lord hear, then no sin passes undetected. Very characteristically, the occasion in this instance was some misunderstanding about Moses' wife. All the rather does the Highest take the defense of his servant in hand. When there is envy in the heart, it will soon find occasion to break out. (Numbers 12:11-12) So Moses cried out to Jehovah, O God, I beg you, please heal her. He bore his sore trial most nobly.Conclusion: 1. Aaron, his elder brother, was a leading man among the Israelites before Moses received his call at Horeb. The eminent gifts of these two were not passed over. This seems to be implied By the allusion to his meekness (ver. THE DIVINE COGNISANCE OF THEIR SIN. Miriam affected to despise her as an unclean person, and persuaded Aaron to do the same. It reproveth those who bear themselves as lords over the flock of Christ. Not only is her name put first, but in the Hebrew the beginning of the narrative runs thus: "Then she spake, even Miriam and Aaron, against Moses." Numbers Chapter 12 Summary. Numbers 11:16-35 The Seventy Elders. Let us imitate his meekness. NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People. Miriam also was a woman of high and various gifts, both natural and gracious. Numbers 12:1-2: The Great Evil of Ambition: W. Attersoll. And the LORD heard. II. THE PUNISHMENT OF THE SEDITION. The great sin of evil-speaking. These were facts, and Moses might well have appealed to them in vindication of himself against the complainers. A CRITICAL SEPARATION – Vss. 3). No one utterance of all the myriads of voices in His universe ever escapes His ear. And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you. The sum of each of their individual occurrence gives as total 36. III. In the presence of her fellow-conspirators. "Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? THE STORY OF THE SEDITION was, in brief, this: - Moses was not the only member of the family of Amram whom the Lord had endowed with eminent gifts. But they were not content with this. MIRIAM'S AND AARON'S SEDITION. This remarkable chapter gives the account of Miriam's and Aaron's challenge of the unique position of Moses as God's principal spokesman during the period of the wilderness journeys. (Read Numbers 12:1-9) The patience of Moses was tried in his own family, as well as by the people. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam. The severe punishment — and upon no other than Miriam — shows the Divine abhorrence of the sin. (from Psalm 116:12, 14, NRSV) The Lord spake suddenly. I say Miriam's sin, for it is plain that the sedition originated with her. Ronald Van Overloop on September 26, 2010. 2. Miriam and Aaron stood before the tabernacle utterly confounded, till Aaron was fain to humble himself before his brother, saying: - We have done foolishly, we have sinned; forgive us, and do not let the sad affair go further; have pity on poor Miriam especially; see how pitiable a sight she is. If you have your Bibles, let me ask you to turn with me to Numbers 12. Numbers 12. hath he not spoken also by us? The number twelve seems to be very important to God and it represents, in most cases, the number of perfection and authority We know that all of us make mistakes, we all have failures, we all sin and that’s why we all need a Savior. Moses prayed for the people. If there be a prophet among you — It is very plain, that the design of the Lord in this speech is to shew the evident superiority of Moses, as a prophet, over Aaron and Miriam. Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb. Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he … And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? There is a Divine hearer of every human speech. III. It proceedeth from very evil roots, and bringeth forth very evil effects, as an evil tree bringeth forth evil fruits. The ringleader in the sedition, she bears the brunt of the punishment. A man's house is his castle. 2. Twelve can be found in 187 places in God's word. It causeth a great rent and division in the Church, and disturbeth the peace of it (Numbers 16:1). 2. Numbers 10:1-36 Israel’s departure from Sinai. The Lord pronounced a warm eulogy upon, Moses. And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee. How well it would be if we repelled all temptations to envy as John silenced those who tried to set him against Jesus; for, as Bishop Hall has said, "That man hath true light who can be content to be a candle before the sun of others.". Numbers 12 – The Dissension of Aaron and Miriam A. Miriam and Aaron bring an accusation against Moses. 2. And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? The Modern Application of an Ancient Incident, God the Vindicator of His Calumniated Servants, The modern application of an ancient incident. She was not of the daughters of Israel. More Numbers commentaries. "My servant Moses," - "servant in all mine house," - "faithful in all mine house. She has affected to abhor her sister-in-law as unclean; she is herself smitten with leprosy, a disease loathsome in itself, and which entailed ceremonial defilement in the highest degree. 11-12. 1. In Numbers 12 the spirit of rebellion that dominated the people also seemed to take control of Miriam and Aaron, the sister and brother of Moses the man of God, who had both been used by God and had played an important part in the exodus from Egypt. 14 The LORD replied to Moses, "If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in … Acknowledge this ambition to be a general corruption, the remainders whereof are in all the servants of God, yea, in all the children of Adam; we have drawn it from him, and thereby it hath leavened and corrupted all mankind. Vain excuses. And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. III. Jesus first spoke in the temple with religious leaders at the age of … Save: $22.00 (40%) Buy Now. hath he not spoken also by us? 5. II. Number one, are such things really […] Text: Numbers 12:6-8 Sermon Series: Light My Path -- Knowing God's Will Rebellion against God. The lesson lies on the surface. The character of public men is their strength. Could she have succeeded in destroying the power of Moses, she would have failed in getting them to recognise her as their leader. 1-3. Numbers 12:1-2: Miriam's Sin: J. C. Gray. "Suddenly," i.e., in sharp displeasure, Miriam and the two brothers were commanded to present themselves before the Lord, at the entrance of the tabernacle. The utter meanness of the weapons which envy is content to employ. The first paragraph (Numbers 12:1-3) is of the greatest interest to critics who boldly affirm that it appears to have been written ABOUT Moses, rather than BY Moses. 14-15 Miriam— Miriam seems to be first named, because she was the first mover of the sedition; wherefore she is more eminently punished. No personal malice should enter into it with its attack; and no mean report should be received from the eavesdroppers who have first misunderstood and then misrepresented. The assaults of envy are always best met by a silent appeal to Heaven. Destroy their character, their power is gone. Numbers 11. So when we fail, when we sin, no matter how little or how big that sin is, we need to remember, with God there is forgiveness. "Like the dead thing of which the flesh is half consumed when it cometh out of its mother's womb." MS PowerPoint Slides for Sermon Notes on Numbers 13 & 14 In God's Kingdom positive attitude is the key to victory. THE COMMENDABLE CONDUCT OF MOSES UNDER THE PROVOCATION OF THEIR SIN. What must Miriam have thought of her faithfulness? When some one whom you have known familiarly as your junior or inferior is raised above you in office or wealth, in gifts or grace, watch and pray, else you will be very apt to fall into Miriam's sin. Numbers 12:6. Our God forgives. This story is about the verbal abuse directed towards Moses by his siblings, Aaron and Miriam. MIRIAM'S DETECTION. 2. 1. We can probably draw examples right away from instances where we see the number 12 used in Scripture. And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned. Evil-speaking. A CRITICAL PUNISHMENT - Vs. 10. Numbers 9:1-23 A reminder of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. Jesus spoke in the temple at 12. It took them 2 years to reach the Jordan River. IV. (Numbers 12:13) When Aaron witnesses the Lord’s indignation and that Miriam has become leprous, he confesses to Moses that they have done foolishly and have sinned (verse 11). A CRITICAL TONGUE – Vss. Do not give harbour to envy because of the welfare or honour of your neighbour, rather "rejoice with them that do rejoice." It is not always easy to rejoice when some one younger, or of humbler birth than ourselves, is exalted above us. “Jesus embodies the rule of God in which no one is beyond God’s forgiveness no matter who they are or what they have done.”1 Do you believe that? (Pr 14:12) The book of Numbers is a picture of that experience in the believer. NUMBERS 12. Moses was the servant of God: to resist him was to resist the Master. Yahweh sent fiery serpents, and they bit the people; and many people of Israel died. The farther we think ourselves from it the nearer commonly it cometh unto us; and therefore let nothing be done through strife and vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves (Philippians 2:3). It setteth up men and putteth down the Lord and His ordinances, urging, compelling, and commanding against the truth (Acts 4:18, 19). 1. To envy the receivers is to rebel against him and provoke his displeasure. Chapter 12 of Numbers begins with Moses’ brother and sister complaining that Moses married an Ethiopian woman. But he did better to leave the matter in the Lord's own hand (Psalm 37:5, 6). By the great God, against whose authority she had rebelled. Numbers 12:1-16 “Murmuring In the House” Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III. Besides vindicating Moses and rebuking his detract ors, the Lord put a mark of his displeasure on Miriam. Women of Influence are not perfect women, we know no one is perfect. Folly. 1. Lastly, let all learn to beware of this evil. Our Price: $32.99. 3. It was an instance of a thing not rare in history, a family quarrel, a fit of ill-feeling between two sisters-in-law, stirring up envy and strife between persons in high office, and troubling the community. It is a secret poison, a hidden plague, the mother of hypocrisy, the father of envy, the fountain of vices, the moth of piety, a blind guide and leader of the hearts of men. Numbers 13:1-33 The spies sent into Canaan. A CRITICAL GOD – Vss. The Lord pronounced a warm eulogy upon, Moses. Retail: $54.99. And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? When Miriam swells with pride she is smitten with leprosy. THE CASE OF THE VICIOUS VIPERS. Let us come to the uses. At once the LORD said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of … He may meet them in His providence, and give them to understand that they who touch His faithful servants are touching the apple of His eye; nay, He may bring such trouble upon them that they will be glad to accept of the intercession of those whom they have maligned. Intro: The events in this passage occur very near the end of Israel’s 40 year journey through the wilderness.God delivered the children of Israel from Egypt 40 years earlier. 3. "And the Lord heard." A CRITICAL CONFESSION – Vss. 1. You will remember, back in Numbers 11 — and you might want to let your eyes fall on the first fifteen verses and the last four or five verses of Numbers 11, because in Numbers 11, we had two incidents If the approbation of God be ours, though all the world be against us it will do us no harm. They could not bear to see another, one brought up in the same family, a younger brother too, elevated above them. Nevertheless envy must be cast forth. Let the victims of unjust assault take comfort, for God will be their defence. This is clear from —. The Meaning and Significance of Number 12 in the Bible. Miriam could not brook the thought of being subject to the younger brother whose infancy she had tended, and whose ark of bulrushes she had been set to watch when their mother committed him to the unfeeling bosom of the Nile. When they were giving vent to their envy "the Lord heard. ", II. The Lord, therefore, now condescends to settle the dispute, and to shew the difference between them. And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood. And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? And … This envy of disinterested greatness may show itself in the most unexpected quarters. 3. God the defender of His servants. It does not appear that Moses made any complaint; he was the meekest of men, humble and patient. Whereupon, -, 1. "Because," and because... Sinners are often prolific in excuses; called by them reasons. Retail: $19.98. 12 Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother's womb with its flesh half eaten away." And … Sermon Dreams, Visions and Supernatural Signs. THE LORD TAKES COGNISANCE OF THE REPROACHES WHICH ARE CAST UPON HIS SERVANTS. It was in the presence of the person she had injured. II. Numbers 12:11. As a prophet, he was more extensively employed and more faithful than Miriam; as a priest, he was more honourable and faithful than Aaron; and he was, moreover, king in Jeshurun, the valiant and faithful leader and commander of the people. 6. we have so foolishly committed. She did not see that she shone in the borrowed light of her great brother. He was sorely tried (cf. Then Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married, for he had taken a Cushite wife. Especially against ministers of religion, whose influence for good ought to be preserved not only by themselves but by all about them. Revelation alone has 22 occurrences of the number. let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in, And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in. 3. If Aaron and Miriam were capable of such envy, we may not think that we are immaculate. But let the envious ones take heed, for God hears their words, and He will one day confront them with His judgment. Let us shun their sin, &c. 2. Numbers 12:1-9 . If she be meant, probably they did not quarrel with him for marrying her, because that was done long since, but for being swayed by her and her relations, b… The power of man can never impart this meek and quiet spirit; it can alone come from the blessed influence of the Holy Spirit. Numbers 13 ... NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture. Envy is a root tenacious of life in the human heart. Hence such slander is suicidal. Numbers 12:12. It was said of one of the martyrs that he was so like Christ that he could not be roused by injuries to say one word that was revengeful. WHAT DIVINE GRACE WILL ENABLE US TO BEAR. 1. And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. Prout : Numbers 12:1-16 Could Miriam meet her brother without shame? THE MOST EXCELLENT AND EMINENT SERVANTS OF GOD ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM THE REPROACHES OF MEN. (1) Miriam and Aaron criticize Moses’ wife and marriage. Its root: jealousy and vaulting ambition. Whenever dreams, visions and supernatural signs are discussed, three questions immediately come to mind. 13 So Moses cried out to the LORD, "O God, please heal her!" Nehemiahin looking back to this period of Hebrew histo… 2 And they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? 2. Moses was set in yet higher place, and this roused their jealousy. MIRIAM'S PUNISHMENT. They found such recognition and scope, that next to Moses, Aaron and Miriam were the two most honoured and influential individuals in the camp. Numbers 11:1-15 The people complain. A CRITICAL PRAYER – Vs. 13. Privately sought to undermine the power of Moses among the people. hath he not spoken also by us?" Moses gave himself no concern about it. 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