WHY THEN WERE YOU NOT AFRAID?
“….Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” (Numbers 12:8)
Befriending the servants of God, showing love and hospitality towards them will bring blessings to you. At the same time, speaking and writing ill of them will bring curse and wrath of God.
In the ancient days, it was the custom of the Roman kings to throw the servants of God and the believers into the lion's den. The believer or the servant of God will be standing below and when the lion enters the den he will be desperately trying to prevent the animal from attacking but their effort will end in vain with the wild animal tearing the person apart. People will stand in groups and enjoy watching this cruel event.
The kings of the Roman kingdom were not God-fearing and the terrible curse of God fell on them thus destroying the whole of the Roman kingdom. All the kings who ill-treated the believers and the servants of God lost their peace, became mad and ultimately resorted to suicide. Not a single person who target the servant of God could escape from the consequence.
Once Miriam played this dangerous game. The relationship that Moses was her brother made her take an undue right and thus became bold to talk ill of Moses. She said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” (Numbers 12:2).
God was unable to tolerate even this adverse comment on Moses who was His servant and the wrath of God descended on her. Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Who will like this leper and who will plead for her? Moses alone had to speak in support of her. Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!” (Numbers 12:13).
Dear children of God, never value the servants of God who plead for you, cheaply. Never be a cause for them to become weary. If you feel that your fault finding of a servant of God has brought a curse to your family, rush to him, seek his forgiveness and reconcile with him. Your curses will clear only when he pleads for you to God with tears.
Miriam was separated and made to live outside the camp. Shame and reproach surrounded her for seven days (Numbers 12:14). Dear children of God, realise that it is dangerous to speak ill of the servants of God.
To meditate:- “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies” (Romans 8:33).