It was bad enough when the Israelites rebelled against Moses, but the rebellion of Miriam and Aaron surely hit him harder. Like we see happen in many confrontations, Aaron and Miriam hid the true motivation of their criticism behind a different excuse: Moses’ marriage to a Cushite woman. But their main complaint was Moses being God’s primary spokesperson.
When Miriam and Aaron confronted the man God had chosen to speak for Him, He chose to speak for Himself. God pronounced judgment on them for their sin, and in His anger, He gave Miriam a skin disease. Aaron was immediately repentant and asked Moses to do something about Miriam’s disease. God’s servant responded by lifting His voice in intercession to God, and Miriam was healed.
This account offers a picture of how we are to respond to God when He reveals Himself to us. God’s self-revelation shows us two things: who He is and who we are. When we see God for who He is and what He has done, we then can properly see ourselves for who we are. All pretense is stripped away. All false comparisons crumble around us. We look upon the holiness of God, which forces us to face our sinfulness, drawing us toward repentance. And because of the intercession of Jesus, the One who made atonement for our sin, we are able to experience forgiveness, cleansing, and the joy of our salvation.
In what ways does seeing the truth of who God is humble you?