Daily Devotion for December 27, 2016
'Humility, Intimacy and Kindness!'
Numbers 12:1-15 NLT
While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because he had married a Cushite woman. They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t He spoken through us, too?” But the Lord heard them. (Now Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth.)
So immediately the Lord called to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam and said, “Go out to the Tabernacle, all three of you!” So the three of them went to the Tabernacle. Then the Lord descended in the pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle. “Aaron and Miriam!” He called, and they stepped forward. And the Lord said to them, “Now listen to what I say:
“If there were prophets among you, I, the Lord, would reveal myself in visions. I would speak to them in dreams. But not with my servant Moses. Of all my house, he is the one I trust. I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! He sees the Lord as He is. So why were you not afraid to criticize my servant Moses?”
The Lord was very angry with them, and He departed. As the cloud moved from above the Tabernacle, there stood Miriam, her skin as white as snow from leprosy. When Aaron saw what had happened to her, he cried out to Moses, “Oh, my master! Please don’t punish us for this sin we have so foolishly committed. Don’t let her be like a stillborn baby, already decayed at birth.”
So Moses cried out to the Lord, “O God, I beg you, please heal her!”
But the Lord said to Moses, “If her father had done nothing more than spit in her face, wouldn’t she be defiled for seven days? So keep her outside the camp for seven days, and after that she may be accepted back.”
So Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days, and the people waited until she was brought back before they traveled again.
This story was subtitled “The Murmuring of Miriam and Aaron” in my Bible. Unfortunately, I sure can relate to the sins those two committed...because I too am a BIG sinner! Thankfully, it was not their sin nature that caught my attention today—instead, it was the God-pleasing character of Moses...
1) “Now Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth...”
Fellow Believer: can you imagine God calling you the most “humble...person on earth?” Moses must have daily remembered what I (we!) so easily forget... 1) I need God for EVERYTHING! 2) Every moment I need His right perspective, His Word, His Instruction, His presence, His strength, His enabling, and His life! 3) HE has molded me and is still making me! 4) HE has a purpose and plan for me—every day! 5) I am simply called to trust and obey Him (ALL details are for Him to work out!)!
2) “Of all my house, he is the one I trust. I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! He sees the Lord as He is.”
Beloved: Can you imagine God saying these things about you? Reading these words cause me to desire it, and to pray, “Lord, I want to be one You can trust! I want to “clearly” hear You speak to me through Your Word! I want to be Your child who increasingly “SEES” you as You really are! Help me draw intimately closer to You!”
3) “So Moses cried out to the Lord, “O God, I beg you, please heal her!”
Folks, can you imagine crying out for mercy on behalf of a brother or sister who had slandered and grumbled against you? Not only was Moses humble and intimate (with God), but He was also compassionate and KIND...even towards those who had wronged him! Because he had received so much MERCY and GOODNESS from the Lord, He desired God's mercy and good even for those who had cried out against him! He cried out to God on their behalf!
Lord, THANK You for recording the sins of Miriam and Aaron...so we Believers can see the contrast—the humility, the intimacy, and the KINDNESS You desire! Heavenly Father: on account of 1) Your Son's humbling of Himself, 2) on account of the intimacy we now have with You (through Your Son's blood), and 3) on account of Your undeserved kindness (everlasting life, forgiveness, salvation!), PLEASE make us a people who desire and grow in humility, intimacy, and kindness—through Your Spirit's enabling! We ask this in Your Son's name, Lord, for Your Kingdom and for Your glory...
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