The Critics

Tabernacle Replica

Read Numbers 12

I am increasingly alarmed at the level of vicious criticism aimed at our current U.S. President.  It is a national shame.  Church, we are tasked to pray for our governing leaders.  Way back in the Old Testament of the Bible, there was a similar situation brewing.

The critics of Moses included his own siblings, Aaron and Miriam.  God was not pleased.  First it was Aaron, the priest, who undermined the validity of Moses’ authority by leading the Hebrews into idolatry as soon as Moses left to meet with Jehovah on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 32).  He even scoffed when Moses got upset over the camp’s worship of a golden calf.  Aaron made light of it at first, calling the people evil;  like Adam in the Garden of Eden, who blamed Eve for all the trouble.  Then Aaron made a fantastic claim that he merely accepted the people’s gold jewelry, threw it into the fire, and SHAZAM! – Out came a calf (Ex. 32: 22-24)!  It sounds as if he claimed to have occultist power or something.

Later both siblings criticized Moses over his Ethiopian wife.  Now we get to the real core of the problem – JEALOUSY!

… “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it …~ Numbers 12:2 NKJV

The LORD commanded all three to appear before Him at the tabernacle where Aaron and Miriam got a severe dressing down IN PERSON, FACE TO FACE, by a VERY ANGRY ALMIGHTY GOD (Num. 12:6-8).  Jehovah let them know that Moses was His man and that He held the humble Moses in high regard.  So why weren’t the critics fearful?  As soon as God departed, Miriam was struck with leprosy – and probably a bit of fear.  I would have been paralyzed with terror if in her shoes.

The story continues with Aaron, the priest, being too scared to ask Jehovah directly to spare Miriam.  He asked Moses to intercede on their sister’s behalf – which Moses did; whereupon God taught another lesson inside of this lesson.

Then the LORD said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days, and afterward she may be received again.” ~ Numbers 12:14 NKJV

This time the people obeyed.  The camp waited seven days for Miriam’s penalty to expire before moving onward.  She was graciously healed; but by Whom?

The same Heavenly Father who spit in her face. The same Heavenly Father who chastises His children when they mess up.

Church, we are called to a purpose, to share the Truth; the Living Gospel of Christ; with

1… supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. ~ 1Timothy 2:1-3 NKJV

“LORD, help me to show respect for those You have placed in high ranking authority over us, and to always pray for their safety and that they will seek Your wisdom as they serve out Your purposes here on earth. Amen.”

20 … Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge – 21by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.  Grace be with you. Amen. ~ 1Timothy 6:20-21 NKJV

Do you think this verse pertains to what is going on in our nation today?

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