Quick one. If you haven’t read Parts 1-3 of this series, I can confidently tell you that you’ve been missing. But like I always say, since you’re my Personal Padi, I’d give you the link free of charge (well, it’s always free anyways).
Today, my intention is to wrap up this series with the last 2 gorgeous women whom God used to shape a great Jewish leader. We’ve considered the midwives, and Moses’ birth and foster moms. It’s time to look at his sister, and of course, his wife.
A dive into the book of Exodus and we’re immediately acquainted with Miriam, Moses’ sister.
Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?Exodus 2:7 KJV
Look at that. It’s called “positioning”. Miriam knew that there was a chance that Pharaoh’s daughter will pick Moses up. And she was well positioned to “give counsel” to the Princess. That counsel ensured continuous contact between Moses and his birth mother through the early years of his life. Miriam stood as a watchman for the baby Moses. She made sure to provide recommendations for a nanny, and to, with wisdom, see through that her recommendation was carried out.
And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.Exodus 2:8 KJV
May the Lord surround us with watchmen who watch over us in the rivers of life. And may we also become such watchmen for others
The next time we see Miriam, she had grown up so much. No longer was she Miriam the teenage girl, she was now Miriam the Prophetess! Who says that women have no place in the business of the Father? Think twice. She doubled as Miriam the Women leader, and Worship Leader
Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine, and all the women followed her with tambourines, dancing. Miriam led them in singing, Sing to GOD- what a victory! He pitched horse and rider into the sea!Exodus 15:20 MSG
The office of the Prophet is a very sacred office and very few women in the scriptures functioned effectively in that office. Miriam is the first woman that we see mentioned to have occupied that office. Remember, this was a time when the Holy Spirit had not come to be manifest. The voice of the Lord was (and still is) a treasure in those times. They didn’t have the luxury of praying directly to God and hearing directly from Him as we New Testament Christian’s do, a luxury we sometimes take for granted.
Miriam was a watchman, a worshipper, a women leader and a Prophetess.
But just like any one of us, she was human and she had her flaws. Numbers 12 shows an account of how emotions got the better of herself and Aaron.
Miriam and Aaron talked against Moses behind his back because of his Cushite wife (he had married a Cushite woman). They said, “Is it only through Moses that GOD speaks? Doesn’t he also speak through us?” GOD overheard their talk.Numbers 12:1-2 MSG
The once a very spiritual woman allowed envy and jealousy reside briefly in her heart. Sisters, this is a very common pitfall that we must learn to avoid ad Christians (Brothers too!). Did you notice the part that says “God overheard their talk”. Like yeah! God was listening (and still does) to all those side gists. All that gossip and idle talk. All that backbiting and mouth-running. God listens in.
She had forgotten quickly that this was not just her younger brother Moses whom she watched over at River Nile. This was now Moses, the man of God who saw God on the mountain; who worked miracles in Egypt; who parted the Red Sea; whom God used to bring Manna from heaven; whom God gave the Law at Mount Sinai. Familiarity truly breeds contempt.
May we not become too familiar with God that we hold Him (or any of His anointed Ones) in contempt.
I challenge you to read through Numbers 12 and see how God handled this episode of rebellion. An act of gossip that we often consider harmless, can bring about serious consequences!
Miriam lived a good life. And died in good old age. But, she would often be remembered, not as Miriam the Watchman, Worship leader or Prophetess, but as Miriam the one who led the rebellion.
Let’s be careful what we say, Fam. God is listening in.
Time wouldn’t allow us talk about Zipporah today. But come next time, we would be sure to wrap up this series.
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