“And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.”
She was Moses and Aaron’s sister.
She was a leader of triumph as she is called a prophetess that led the women of Israel in praising the Lord for His deliverance through the Red Sea.
“And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.”
She later became a leader of discord as she and her brother spoke out against Moses because of who he had married.
“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.”
Jealousy had consumed her, and she instigated Aaron to join her displeasure of Moses’ decision in marrying the Ethiopian woman. The Lord sees and hears everything, and this was no different. His wrath was kindled because of their indignation.
“And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.”
Miriam received the judgment of God’s wrath for their behavior.
Though Moses and Aaron pleaded with the Lord to have mercy upon her, He carried out her affliction and she was shut out of the camp for seven days.
She did not sin against Moses; she sinned against the Lord by rebelling against His authority.
“And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.”
Miriam serves as an example that when we sin against God there are consequences that we cannot avoid.
“But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.”
Jeremiah 11-12 | John 12 | Psalm 24
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