While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because he had married a Cushite woman. They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us, too?” But the Lord heard them (Numbers 12:1-2 NLT).
Beloved, our feature text tells us about Moses’s sister, Mariam; the one that had to watch him float on the Nile River until rescued by Pharoah’s daughter. We also know Aaron, Moses’s brother and assistant pastor. Now, both of them (people meant to be the closest to Moses) criticised him for marrying a Cushite woman and we know the story of Moses and his faults are not hidden from us. He even made the Lord angry on several occasions but hear what the Lord said in response to their criticising… “If there were prophets among you, I, the Lord, would reveal Myself in VISIONS. I would speak to them in DREAMS. But not with my servant Moses. Of all my house, HE IS THE ONE I TRUST. I speak to him FACE TO FACE, CLEARLY, AND NOT IN RIDDLES! He sees the Lord as He is. SO WHY WERE YOU NOT AFRAID TO CRITICIZE MY SERVANT MOSES?” (Numbers 12:6-8 NLT)
So, never mind that he married a black or dark-skinned non-Israelite wife; that he has got issues with his temper and that he (and even you guys) may think he can’t speak well, however, despite your opinions, HE IS THE ONE I TRUST. And what has his wife got to do with the Lord speaking through him anyway?
Beloved, we can see that his wife wasn’t the real issue… HASN’T HE SPOKEN THROUGH US, TOO? OK… you speak then! Could this be a case of jealousy? But Moses had previously said… I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them all (Numbers 11:29 NLT). Did they think he was finding the job easy? Somehow, we tend to think we can do a better job than others without understanding what they have to pass through.
Beloved, these are some of the things that grieves the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30-32). Mariam got punished in the end and Moses, the one criticised was unsuccessful in pleading her case (Numbers 12:14). We know how to criticise and yes, constructive criticism is good but let’s remember we’re all imperfect people leaning on a perfect Jesus to walk us through the journey of becoming like Him. So, rather than criticise, let’s lift each other in love and prayer. This continues to minister to me and I pray it ministers to as many as admit that this is an area in their life that needs to be dealt with.