I was reading in Numbers the other day and I paused to consider a certain passage that involved Moses, Aaron, Miriam, and the Lord. Let’s check it out.
Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman); and they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the Lord heard it.Numbers 12:1-2 NASB
So there was a situation where Aaron and Miriam were angry with Moses over the fact that he had married a Cushite woman. And in their anger, they came against the legitimacy and authority that Moses had over the Children of Israel. And the Lord actually heard what they said against Moses. Let’s see how the Lord responds.
Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent, and He called Aaron and Miriam. When they had both come forward, He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord , shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream. Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household; With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of the Lord . Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant, against Moses?”Numbers 12:5-8 NASB
So the Lord calls Aaron and Miriam to the tent of meeting and begins to speak to them. First He lets them know how He speaks to the prophets, who were to be highly regarded and listened to. And the way He speaks to the prophets is through visions and dreams. Then He goes on to describe how He speaks to Moses. Openly, and mouth to mouth. He speak clearly and plainly to him and Moses even beholds the form of the Lord. Now, as you can see, Moses has a serious relationship with the Lord that no one else on Earth had at the time. Not even the prophets. And the Lord condems Aaron and Miriam for their lack of respect to Moses not based on the righteousness that Moses had, but rather based on the relationship that Moses had with the Lord.
Now I want us to have perspective on a couple of things in this passage. Not only does the Lord defend those who have a relationship with Him, but there are actually many similarities between what Moses has and what the Church today has. Moses had the Spirit of God. The Church has the Spirit of God. Moses could directly communicate to the Lord through the tent of meeting. We have direct communication to the Father through prayer. Moses was not justified based on his righteousness, but in his relationship with the Lord. We are not justified based on our righteousness, but in our relationship with the Lord. I think we too, have one who defends us in the courts of Heaven, who will testify our name before the Father, just as we have testified of Him before men. And that is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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