Today you should read: Numbers 12
This is an interesting account. Can you spell FAMILY DRAMA? Here we see struggles between brothers and sisters but more importantly we see how Moses led through it and responded with character.
First we see the characters:
Moses was chosen by God for very special and unique tasks. We see Moses interact with God like no one else throughout all of Scripture. Miriam was his sister. She saved his life when he was just a baby. And Aaron was his older brother. Together they were a team sent by God to help lead the people of Israel.
Except Miriam got jealous. It was masked by her disapproval for his wife. And ultimately came out in verse 2 when she said “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” Basically she was asking “What makes Moses so special?”
Leaders expect opposition but when the opposition is also your family it gets interesting in a hurry.
But we see a couple things about Moses… He was MEEK. He was humble. He understood that he was unqualified and unworthy of the task God had called him to but embracing the fact that God had called him. Then God made it clear that He had set Moses apart. God didn’t speak to him through dreams or visions. He spoke personally… mouth to mouth. But even though Moses was this special he maintained his faithfulness and humility. Moses was GODLY.
Then God punished Miriam for questioning Moses. He sends her leprosy. Moses did not sit back and say “you had what was coming to you”… he begged God to heal her and he did. He showed grace. He did not hold anything over his sister. He lead with character and loved her well.
How do you respond to family conflict?
How can you respond with godliness and character?
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate – College
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