June 26, 2019

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Numbers 12

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Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses

Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. And they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it. Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. And suddenly the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” And the three of them came out. And the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them, and he departed.

10 When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous,1 like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. 11 And Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, do not punish us2 because we have done foolishly and have sinned. 12 Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother's womb.” 13 And Moses cried to the LORD, “O God, please heal her—please.” 14 But the LORD said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again.” 15 So Miriam was shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again. 16 After that the people set out from Hazeroth, and camped in the wilderness of Paran.


[1] 12:10 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
[2] 12:11 Hebrew do not lay sin upon us

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Key Verse | Numbers 12:1-2

Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. And they said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?" And the LORD heard it.

Bio | Jade Tatsuhara

Good morning, everybody! My name is Jade Tatsuhara, and I have the honor of helping lead y'all in today's Join The Journey!

Three fun facts about me:

1. I have been attending Watermark my whole life.

2. I would like to go to A&M and become a veterinarian (Go Aggies!).

3. I love to travel.

Central Truth

Don't let your wild child take over. Instead, respect those whom God has placed over you.

Devotional | Numbers 12

Growing up, you encounter many different people. I am sure you have probably crossed paths with what some may call a "wild child." Who knows, you might even be one! These people are...

Growing up, you encounter many different people. I am sure you have probably crossed paths with what some may call a "wild child." Who knows, you might even be one! These people are crazy, troublesome, and don't care about the consequences of their actions.

Because of our sinful nature (Romans 3:23), we all have this wild child within us; it's been with us since the beginning of time (see Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:1-13). When we allow this child to take over, we become selfish, disobedient to those in authority, and foolish decision-makers. If we are not careful, we will become a slave to our sin. In the midst of all this, we miss hearing God's voice and overlook what He is trying to teach us.

In Numbers 12, we see Miriam and Aaron rebel against Moses, whom the Lord placed in authority. Moses shows us how to respond to those who attack us. He remained silent—a mark of wisdom in not getting entangled in foolish behavior (Proverbs 26:4).

Moses also demonstrates other ways to invite God into our lives and avoid a habit of rebelling against Him. He sought the Lord daily, humbled himself before his heavenly Father, and trusted Him every step of the way.

I must admit I can be like Miriam and Aaron by allowing disobedience to get the best of me, along with complaining and grumbling. When my rebellious spirit begins to take over, it turns my whole world upside down, taking me forever to realize that I need to surrender and give it up to God. But the amazing thing is that God is patient! He loves us so much that He is willing to wait for us to surrender to Him. He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love (Psalm 103:8).

So, the next time your "wild child" tries to make an appearance, repent and surrender your selfish desires. Trust the Lord. You'll be amazed at the changes in your life.

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Discussion Questions

1. Do you more often act in obedience to authority like Moses or in rebellion like Miriam and Aaron?

2. Will you respect those God has placed over you? Will you pray for them, or will you belittle them and complain about their efforts?

3. When was a time you let your wild side get the best of you? Do you have a game plan in place for the next time it tries to take over?

10 Comments available

Linda Green 11 months ago

Thanks, Jade! Loved your question #3- encouraging us to have a plan in advance for when our “wild side” wants to take over. Someone had suggested memorizing scripture for the areas I struggle with, and pulling them out when needed. God’s word is amazing, like Hebrews 4:12 describes: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Jay Caruso 11 months ago

Awesome stuff Jade. Good choice when you get to A&M. Trust God in my current season and circumstances with the provision He has given me. God’s way is always the best way. I need to focus on this daily as it is a struggle

Jonas Scott 11 months ago

@Mr Crotty.

I accidentally posted the beginning of my comment.

So also thank you for your encouragement. My motive for commenting were scripture based yet I failed to prove my motive by listing which ones. In hindsight I see how some might have been confused by my comments. Thank you for pointing this out.

Jonas Scott 11 months ago

@Mr Crotty

Thank you for inviting me to Watermark church. Do you know Dr Lance Wallnau? He lives in Dallas.

Michael Scaman 12 months ago

Lots of opposition even after God supplies and the place gets an interesting name.

“After that the people set out from Hazeroth” Hazeroth meaning yards. I wonder if that’s from yards of lots of dead birds stuck in their minds.

God provided meat (Quail) and manna in Exodus 16 and now once again here in Number 11 provides Quail again and the people will once more (SPOILER ALTERT!) complain about food and the manna with the story of the bronze serpent. More complaining to come.

greg jones 12 months ago

Good morning Jade, great devotional.

“The man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.”

One thought-when the meekest man on all the earth describes himself this way is he describing himself, or is he describing the rest of the people who were on the earth?Is someone describing Moses for Moses?

Second thought-the questions of Miriam and Aaron concerning who God speaks through. The answer?I’d say sorta, cause he’s bout to. These three persons are different than prophets (verse six), the difference revealed through God’s conversation, with/at Aaron.

A third thought-Miriam and Aaron’s questions look more like statements to justify their feelings toward the wife of Moses. God replies as if replying to a question and a statement.

Fourth-Cushite identity? Old erased, new unblemished…there has to be a lesson in that somewhere.

Sue Bohlin 12 months ago

Thanks, Jade! “Wild Child” is a great image for our flesh.

I love that the Lord specifically addresses how special Moses’ relationship is with Him, that He can visit with him face to face. I can’t think of another person in the Old Testament who experienced this kind of intimacy with Yahweh. We can know, on this side of the cross, that it was a sneak peek of the intimacy we can have as New Testament believers, exhorted to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence (Hebrews 4:16). I love the word “parrhesia,” which means free, open and unreserved speaking, fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, and assurance. Jesus did that for us!

Hope Harris 12 months ago

Jade great Devo.

Your title brought to mind the book “Where the Wild Things Are.” You are so right we each have a wild side within us. I love how God describes His relationship with Moses. "With him speak mouth to mouth and he has seen my form.

Wow just wow. Can you imagine hearing the audible voice of God? Seeing even a shadow cast to outline what He looks like?

As a believer I am promised, someday I will see the Father, Son, and Spirit face to face. On that day I will fall before them and worship.

Hugh Stephenson 12 months ago

Is not Moses’s prayer the prayer of everyone who has a rebellious loved one?

13 And Moses cried to the LORD, “O God, please heal her—please.”

2 Timothy 3:16 - God has given me talents, gifts and a plan for my life. When I envy someone else’s gifts and covet their role, it will not go well for me. Aaron and Miriam’s fall into this sin reminds me how much easier it is for me to do the same.

In the Prodigal ministry we disciple family members whose loved ones are rebelling. Knowing God’s goodness and kindness, we point them to verses like verse 13. In their prodigal’s rebellion God may choose to discipline them in ways as severe as Miriam’s.

Often, we cry out in pain and anguish as Moses does.

Today I am praying for my prodigal children to be healed of their rebellion.

Michael Scaman 12 months ago

If Moses wife was a Cushite she very likely had dark skin and Miriam’s punishment of being ‘snow white’ with leprosy went along with that. Seems a strange time to contend about Moses’ wife’s ethnic background.

The whole camp would know Miriam was being disciplined by God as they had to wait a week for her “penalty box” time to be over. They could think over what she did.

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