Numbers 12: Dreams, Visions, Seeing God

English: Miriam and Aaron complain against Mos...
English: Miriam and Aaron complain against Moses, engraving from “The Bible and Its Story Taught by One Thousand Picture Lessons, vol. 2”, edited by Charles F. Horne and Julius A. Bewer, published by Francis R. Niglutsch, New York, 1908. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I read Numbers 12: 1-16 (NABS). This is the chapter in which Aaron and Miriam grumble against Moses. God heard their complaint and summoned the three of them to the tent of meeting. Then “the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent” (verse 5a).

There He confronted Aaron and Miriam and let them know that He makes Himself known to prophets in visions and talks to them in dreams. But with Moses, He speaks “mouth to mouth,” and Moses sees “the form of the LORD” (verse 8a).

Backing up to verse 3, we find that God regarded Moses as “very humble, more than any man on the face of the earth.” So clearly humility is a key to having intimacy with God.

As a result of Miriam’s sin, she becomes leprous, repents, and is healed. As a leper she looked as “white as snow.” That’s an interesting phrase because believers associate “white as snow” with purity, whereas in this sentence, “white as snow” is a description of leprosy.

PRAYER: LORD forgive our pride and tendency to grumble. Help us to embrace humility so that we may enjoy intimacy with you as never before. In Yeshua’s (Jesus’) name.


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