April 23, 2022
Today’s reading: Numbers 12:1-2
The delusion of pride
In today’s reading, we read:
1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 2 So they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it.
We learned about how Miriam and Aaron tried to depose Moses from his position.
What was the issue initially presented? The Ethiopian woman whom Moses had married.
However, later this was really NOT the issue.
The issue was that Miriam and others would like the same preeminence that Moses received from Yahweh.
“Has יהוה indeed spoken only with Mosheh? Has He not spoken also with us?”
Of course, this is entirely not true. Yahweh also spoke to others aside from Moses. We read about God spoke to Aaron and even inspired Miriam to write a song. We also read about God speaking to the elders of Israel.
However, for Miriam and others, this is NOT enough.
They accused Moses of pride, the same problem that they actually have!
We read about Moses’ character in Numbers 12:3 (a commentary, which is believed to have been written not by Moses):
Now the man Mosheh was very humble, above all the men who were on the surface of the earth.
In Numbers 14:13, we also read how Moses declined Yahweh’s offer to start over through him. We see here how Moses didn’t seek preeminence, but he was genuinely concerned about Israel.
As a punishment, Miriam suffered from leprosy for seven days. And thanks to Moses’ intercession, she was eventually healed.
As we can see here, it is true that pride comes before a fall. Pride blinds us. It makes us self-righteous. It makes us ungrateful.
Pride is a poison we must stop and remove from our lives.
It will eventually rot you from within and lead you to sin.
As followers of the Most High, let us make it our life goal to resist and overcome pride!
🔥 To learn more, I highly recommend you read, “11 Biblical Facts About Pride that You Probably Don’t Know.“
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