Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 4, 2014

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers Chapter 12.

“1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman);  2 and they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses?  Has He not spoken through us as well?”  And the Lord heard it.  3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)  4 Suddenly the Lord said to Moses and Aaron and to Miriam, “You three come out to the tent of meeting.”  So the three of them came out.  5 Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent, and He called Aaron and Miriam.  When they had both come forward, 6 He said,

“Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, shall make Myself known to him in a vision.
I shall speak with him in a dream.
7 “Not so, with My servant Moses,
He is faithful in all My household;
8 With him I speak mouth to mouth,
Even openly, and not in dark sayings,
And he beholds the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant, against Moses?”

9 So the anger of the Lord burned against them and He departed.  10 But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow.  As Aaron turned toward Miriam, behold, she was leprous.  11 Then Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, I beg you, do not account this sin to us, in which we have acted foolishly and in which we have sinned.  12 Oh, do not let her be like one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes from his mother’s womb!”  13 Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “O God, heal her, I pray!”  14 But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days?  Let her be shut up for seven days outside the camp, and afterward she may be received again.”  15 So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again.

16 Afterward, however, the people moved out from Hazeroth and camped in the wilderness of Paran.”  Numbers Chapter 12.

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We see the contrast between the jealousy and dissension shown by Miriam and Aaron and the humility and intervention shown by Moses.

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are:  … jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, …, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”  Galatians 5:19-21.

It is better that Miriam was shut outside the camp for seven days than shut out of the kingdom of God.

As we learned in the last daily devotion:  “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.  Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.   No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”  1 Corinthians 10:11-13.

And, there is more hope!

We saw a glimpse of that hope earlier in the last chapter when we read about the LORD putting His Spirit on some of the elders and then Moses desiring in Numbers 11:29:  “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.”  Galatians 5:22-25.


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