9 So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. 10 And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper. 11 So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. 12 Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb!”
13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!”
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days, and afterward she may be received again.” 15 So Miriam was shut out of the camp seven days, and the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in again.Numbers 12:9-15
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Moses’ sister rebelled against him but didn’t realize that she was actually rebelling against God! Moses was still little brother to her, but she had to be corrected. God had words for her, but not only that, there was a price to pay. God called Moses and his siblings into the tabernacle, like parents call their children into the living room. He said,
“Come out you three, to the tabernacle of meeting. Then the lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle and called Aaron (Moses’ brother) and Miriam (Moses sister).”Numbers 12:4
I could just imagine myself lowering the leg rest of my recliner to deal with my kids. Miriam got in trouble for speaking against Moses, because she thought Moses couldn’t do his job properly, so she wanted to make the decisions.
Miriam had expressed her racism towards the Ethiopian (Cushite) woman, that Moses married and she ended up disrespecting God in the process. She brought judgment down on herself and God left her with leprosy.
Moses begged God to forgive Miriam and that was sweet and just like Moses to intercede. So, God said that her punishment would not end in death, but for 7 days she would be sick. God teaches us a lesson on parenting in this account, showing us an example of a perfect father.
Many times, we say, “If you ask for forgiveness, He will wash away your sins”, and very true, but we have to understand that the consequences of our actions or non-action, can have short or long term effects.
Our children will not be good on their own and their bad behavior is not something they will just grow out of. We have to be consistent parents. Discipline bad behavior and stick to it! It won’t kill them. Disciplining, not abusing your child, will save them, but if you continue to set them free from every consequence, they will become a slave to consequences.
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