“Has the Lord indeed only spoken through Moses?”

Interpreting Moses and his Cushite wife: “Has the Lord indeed only spoken through Moses?”

Context: Numbers 12:

Yes, Moses should not have married a Cushite and compromised with those, not of the faith. Still, the issue of punishment against Aaron and Miriam was not the fact that they were pointing out a failure in the life of Moses, but they "used" that failure in Moses' moral life to determine how to reject Moses' authority. Leaders who have God's calling in their lives are not perfect. We should not judge until we know that God has ruled, and some things we face in life should not be parameters to refuse to listen to God's spokesman or spokeswoman. The issue of authority was reinstated in the mind of Miriam and Aaron when it was through the prayer of Moses which brought about their healing, as God said, "This is my servant."

God will not contradict his purpose, laws, ways, and commands regardless of whether you are a prince or a slave. He punished David in his counting of the people and for his adultery. In God's eyes, there is no "one law for me and one law for thee." One law, in theological rule, must be applied in this case.

We are to find the real purpose of this story, which is to be aware of what goes on in the heart. Do we try and find ways to doubt God? Are leaders aware that disobedience can cause people to be confused? Polygamy was never God's way, and intermarriage was not either. Moses did compromise and sin in his marriage to a Cushite woman, but that did not discredit him as God's voice and prophet to the people of God. That distinction is what Moses and Aaron failed to make, and it resulted in their having to have learned a hard lesson.

"Has the Lord indeed only spoken through Moses?" In other words, it was the Lord who Miriam and Aaron were accusing. The Lord was doing something special in his calling and grace through the ministry of Moses. Using something in Moses' life that was not connected to his calling and his ministry as a prophet to discredit God's word in Moses meant to refuse to listen to God. The punishment was not because they were wrong about Moses marrying a foreign woman. That had nothing to do with the issue.

Mike Epp

Faithful In Society

Daniel 1:8, "But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine..."

If you are a believer it means you are a world-Christian. Not worldly, in the characteristic, but that our world, is our neighborhood. The call of God, in some situations and times, will involve a more public demonstration of faithfulness like Daniel had to face. At other times we can remain faithful and live godly and quiet lives. In some ages, and also some situations and countries if you do what is right and you are considered or interpreted as hostile, the world may accuse you for your obedience to God and conscience as committing a crime in their eyes. Similar in idea to that of Christian and Faithful in Vanity Fair in the book, "Pilgrims Progress". The world has it's system that makes sense to them, but in light of God's truth, many times, is seen as foolishness, and always when and where it opposes God's ways. It is always better to be faithful to God, and endure. If you obey, and the world sees it as a crime, it means you did the right thing. Daniel was able to remain faithful, discern the difference and be used of God. God can do so in your life too.

Thought: Are there areas where you have been called on to not deny your faith and the result was the misunderstandings of society? Let Daniel's faith encourage yours, and you will find a friend in him.
Keeping the Joy of our Hearts

January 26, 2022

Psalm 1:1Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of mockers.”

Getting close to God, and close to the Holy Spirit will not be an easy thing. We have to come out of our own Egypt, and take hold of our promises that God gave us, and that can take years. One difficulty we will face, is that of the pressure to comply with opinions of others. We also have to deal with people who will relate to us , who are without a reference basis of having the beginning that you have had. You have been born of God. People will try and relate to you, and pull you down in their effort to nullify any differences between their and your life. They will be jealous of your walk, and that you can seemingly live in an atmosphere with a faith that they have not experienced. The controlling factor in them causes their interest in you so as to avoid you posing as an example to them which communicates that there are things that they don’t know of and have not experienced. They will want you to be like them, and only like them. They will persecute you, because the Spirit in your life convicts them. Your joy will be something they have not known. Like Job, the believer is tested “every day” (Job 7:18) and we need to remain daily rooted in the Spirit and word so as to avoid succumbing to listening to the wrong counsels of the world, the flesh and the devil.

Search your heart and life today: Who have you been listening to?

26 Jan 2022 Rev the Nations - written by Mike Epp