Before I get into them, left me give you a little bit of her story. First she sang by herself and danced by herself. You wouldn't expect the five book of Moses to promote women's leadership but a patriarchal society led by elders. Do we think of her as having been sent before Israel just like Moses and Aaron? The princess could easily have rejected Miriam's offer of Moses' own mother to nurse the infant. 24:9). God calls out Aaron and Miriam and rebukes them. She was exiled for a while from the Israelites' wilderness camp, a fate worse than death for some. Aaron begs forgiveness from Moses for their foolishness and asks that he do something for her. If we know Moses, we probably know Miriam watched over him while he was in the river. She grew up in slavery in Egypt and was still alive when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. But a text without a context is a pretext. I know I do. Her mother, whom she loved and trusted, had instructed her to place the baby in this vulnerable position.  And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? God had told Israel not to intermarry with the nations in Canaan (Ex. We don’t hear anything more about Moses and his family business until he shows up in our lesson with a brand new wife. And when God looked back on Miriam’s life and death, all God saw was her gifts. Look at Deuteronomy 24:9, Remember what the Holy One your God did to Miriam on your journey out of Egypt. She messed up and then she stepped up. So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed" (Numbers 12:5-9 Numbers 12:5-9  And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. Miriam answered them, ‘Sing to the Lord for He is highly exalted; The horse and his rider He has hurled into the sea.'”. And know that that you may have to pay a price and that you may have to bear the consequences, in public, in your community. With these different aspects to her life, the one event God chooses to share with us is in Numbers 12. In fact there are no stories about Moses’ sons in the wilderness, unlike Aaron’s, suggesting that he sent them away again. Miriam didn't speak just to women. She didn’t hang on to it and she didn’t hang around with anyone who wanted to tie her to her past. And she is the only woman to have her childhood, adulthood, old age, death and burial recorded in the scriptures. 15:20). Even though He healed Miriam, God expressed His displeasure with Miriam's actions: "If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? 12:6-8). My response to those in authority over me has not always been what it should have been. Yet in Exodus 18:3 his father-in-law Jethro shows up with his wife and their children in an attempt to put the family back together, and Moses hugs his father-in-law and only his father-in-law, asks about his welfare and never says a mumbling word to his family. Scripture gives no indication that Miriam ever lost her attitude of loyalty and faithfulness. Again, we are being shown a REAL woman here. Teaching wrong ways to God's people is worse. 24:9). Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Then she heard muffled voices nearby. Her skin had turned “as white as snow” (Num. And she stepped up again. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. But she was wrong in talking about Moses and not talking to him. Although God inspired Moses to identify Miriam as a prophetess while she lived, she was still highly regarded in Scripture some 700 years after she died. Miriam, the 7-year-old sister of Moses, realized that what she was doing was risky, because the tiny basket might break free from the protection of the reeds and get swept away in the river's forceful current . But the people wouldn’t move, they wouldn’t walk through the waters. She began to lash out at Moses by criticizing him to the people around her. I do not know why Miriam and Aaron would have an issue over Moses’ marrying the Ethiopian woman. Would love your thoughts, please comment. The wife of Jesse was the mother of David. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Do we think of her as having been sent before Israel just like Moses and Aaron? "So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. One of Miriam's actions—specifically her criticism of Moses' marriage to a woman of whom she disapproved—disclosed what seems to have been hidden resentment. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. According to the Talmud, Miriam had prophesied that her mother would bring the savior of Israel to life. Myriam spoke up to them: Sing to G-d for He overcame the arrogant, the horse with its rider, He hurled them into the sea.". His estranged son Joseph had become chief assistant to the Pharaoh of that time.  And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good land and a large, to a land flowing with milk and honey; to the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Do we think of her as having been sent … As a young midwife, Miriam later led the opposition against Pharaoh himself when she refused his order to kill Hebrews' newborn sons. They knew she was more than her most public mistake. Miriam is a natural leader's example for all women; she led by connecting rather than by overcoming. 2:9-12). Moses messed up and God would deal with him. "Then He said, 'Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision, and I speak to him in a dream. It was how Miriam conducted herself before and after her mistakes – and I’m sure she made more than one – it was Miriam’s service to God, serving God by serving God’s people that God remembered and testified to in her memory. Such character would have been commendable if she had been in her 20 or 30s. They were praising God for his deliverance from the Egyptians. God, speaking through the prophet Micah, reasoned with and chastised a backsliding Israel, reminding them how He had delivered them from Egyptian slavery. And the Lord heard it. Moses wasn’t God’s only prophet; she was God’s prophet too. Christ's Church is an exciting new Free Will Baptist church in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Miriam was instrumental in God's work, even though she wasn't perfect. The bailiff speaks, calling the court to order in Micah 6:1-2: Rise, plead your case before the mountains. Yes Miriam messed up. Women were walking toward the river, talking and laughing as they approached. Consider this event's significance against the backdrop of some incredible miracles: God heard Israel's cries for deliverance. She moved on past her mistake. And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow . We begin to learn more about her after the crossing of the Red Sea (Ex. Moses, leader of the Hebrews during the Exodus from Egypt and recipient of the Ten Commandments, was born soon after. In Exodus 15:20-21 we read, “Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took the timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dancing. He didn’t lead the people through the water. Recognizing how prolifically the Israelites had multiplied, this ruler began to fear the loss of Egyptian control of his own country. There are nine months until Christmas. Yesterday we learned more about Miriam’s mother, Use the Bible to Teach the Hard Lessons to Your…. Little could she imagine that some 80 years later, she and her sister Israelites would joyously proclaim their freedom from years of Egyptian bondage as she led them in praising God for His deliverance. She messed up. She forgot herself and spoke against her brother and was quite publicly admonished for it. God honored Miriam by acknowledging that He chose her—along with Aaron—to assist Moses in serving His nation Israel. I had not until I studied about her for. Yet her name lives on forever. As we mentioned earlier, Miriam was a prophetess. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. At this point God becomes angry with Miriam and He strikes her with leprosy. American King James Version×; 2 Samuel 7:23-24 2 Samuel 7:23-24  And what one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for your land, before your people, which you redeemed to you from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? Miriam here is named as a “prophetess”. American King James Version×).