Numbers – Chapter 12: Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses

We continue our march through the book of Numbers.  In Numbers 11, God had a funny way of showing his love to the Israelites by sending a plague that killed many.  Love at its finest.  Numbers 12 brings us a family feud.

“Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. ‘Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?’ they asked. ‘Hasn’t he also spoken through us?’ And the Lord heard this.” – Numbers 12:1-2

Uh-oh.  Miriam and Aaron have pissed of God now!!!

“When there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.” – Numbers 12:6

In other words God doesn’t directly speak to the people.  He does it in the most confusing way possible, just as an all-knowing God would be expected to do, right?  Right?!?!?  🙂

“With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord.” – Numbers 12:8

And there you have it.  God admits He speaks in riddles to everyone but Moses.  Sigh.  I think Moses slipped Miriam and Aaron a roofie and they are confused and only think God is speaking to them.

“When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous—it became as white as snow.” – Numbers 12:10

Notice who is punished?  The female!

“The Lord replied to Moses, ‘If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back.’ So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back.” – Numbers 12:14-15

God could heal Miriam, but He doesn’t.  She’s sent away for seven days.  Notice God’s first words to Moses in this verse.  “If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days?”  If Miriam’s father spit in her face, Miriam is the one to blame and must be sent away for seven days?  What?  Why is the father not punished?  Oh yeah, he has a penis and Miriam doesn’t.

So what did we learn in Numbers 12?  God gets angry at Aaron and Miriam for questioning Him.  God sends down a punishment, but only Miriam, the female is punished.  Aaron is not punished.  More misogyny in the Bible.

Coming Soon:  Numbers 13:  Exploring Canaan

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