I just read something very good in the book of Numbers of all places. Numbers 12 to be exact. I was just thinking the other day about how my bible reading hasn't been producing the Zip! Bang! Boom! effect that it used to. Well, so much for boring! I was struck by something that really made me feel like I'd had a revelation. So now I share...
In that chapter of Numbers Aarom and Miriam decide to give Moses grief about his wife, Zipporah. She's apparently an Ethiopian and that's for some reason not OK with the brother/sister counterparts. Boy, was it a bad idea to bring THAT up! It states in verse three that Moses was very humble, the MOST humble man of all, in fact. That says to me that he didn't have much to say to his brother or sister when they came at him. I can almost see him bowing his head in prayer to ask God to examine his heart on the matter of Zipporah. How sad that the man was caused to possibly bring doubt upon his love for his wife! I felt like coming to her defense when I was reading, but Moses was "humble". And in steps... GOD.
Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak to him in a dream.
Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house.
I speak with him face to face,
Even plainly, and not in dark sayings;
And he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?”
Woah. Don't mess with Moses. I loved this SO MUCH. God totally gets the back of his bestie. GOD, the LORD and Creator of the universe steps in to defend His closest companion among His people Israel. Then to top it off, Miriam must have needed a little extra punch because she got leprous for seven days. Talk about a time out! I'd like to think that bro and sis got a little headstrong in their positions as siblings of Moses and worked themselves into a confrontation. Boy, were they put in their place!
It's equally as important to note that it wasn't Moses merit that created God's love for him. Moses simply responded to God and became closer and closer by accepting God's initiative. But a few chapters later, Moses gets a little big for his britches. He allows his anger to rise up against the thirsty Israelites and bangs on a rock while saying "Must we bring water for you out of this rock?" (emphasis mine) God had told him to merely speak to the rock and it would open. Moses was really mad, though. Anger can make a person feel powerful if they forget where their power comes from. God told him that he wouldn't be entering the promised land because of that. It was a mild rebuke in my opinion because being eaten by worms seems to be appropriate for that kind of arrogance. But God in His mercy showed Moses His love by merely keeping him from entering the land of milk and honey. Moses had a far better land awaiting him in Heaven.
I just love the personalized relationship that we get to have with God. He comes to our defense when we humbly trust Him. He gently disciplines us when we step out of line in our mindset toward Him. He deserves to be our highest and most loved. I'm thankful that He would remind me to keep Him at the center of my life and always before me. I believe Jesus met with Moses regularly and I know He meets with me, and indeed is always here with me. May I always find refuge in Him alone and I pray I never forget my place beneath His wing.