Numbers 12:6-8 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. 7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. 8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
Avoid dishonouring a man or woman of God, whether in word or deed; instead identify their difference and honour and reward them for their difference.
As opposed to speaking against a man of God, look for their difference and honour and celebrate them for that difference. Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because he was married to an Ethiopian woman. It was the command of God that the Children of Israel should not intermarry with the people of land, lest they turn them away from him. Moses, however, married his Ethiopian wife during his 40 years in the wilderness and could not just put her away having had two (2) sons with her. Given this perceived blotch on Moses’ name, Miriam and Aaron questioned whether or not he was hearing from God. They went further to minimize his standing as a prophet by saying he is not the only one hearing from God and they too were hearing from God.
God rebuked Miriam and Aaron for speaking like this against Moses. In so doing God highlighted the difference between Moses and any other prophet. God said that while He spoke to other prophets by dreams and vision, He spoke to Moses face to face and mouth to mouth; that was significant and something that Miriam and Aaron Could not ignore. The point God was making to Miriam and Aaron was that they should have recognized this difference and then be afraid to speak against Moses. As a result of their act of dishonouring the Man of God, Miriam was leprous for 7 days.
The mistake that Miriam made is the mistake that we often make; that of focusing on the perceived weaknesses of men and women of God rather than honouring and celebrating them for their difference. If Miriam and Aaron had recognized the difference of Moses as a prophet, they would never have said what they said. They erred because they failed to recognize His difference. Learning from the mistake of Miriam and Aaron, rather than speak against a man of God in your environment, you would be better served identifying their differences and celebrating them for those differences.
Life Application: Practice identifying the difference in men and women of God in your environment and honour them for their difference.
Prayer: Lord, help me to honour those around me and those who you have ordained. In Jesus name, amen.