Wednesday, May 23, 2007

God curses Miriam with leprosy for speaking against Moses

Numbers 12:1,9-15 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman).

So the anger of the LORD burned against them and He departed. But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. As Aaron turned toward Miriam, behold, she was leprous.

Then Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, I beg you, do not account this sin to us, in which we have acted foolishly and in which we have sinned. “Oh, do not let her be like one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes from his mother’s womb!”

Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “O God, heal her, I pray!”

But the LORD said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let her be shut up for seven days outside the camp, and afterward she may be received again.”

So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again.


PERSONAL COMMENTARY

1. Mariam and Aaron spoke against Moses however only Mariam got leprosy. Why?
2. What did Aaron mean by “do not account this sin to us.” He didn’t receive any punishment.
3. If a father spit on his daughter’s face, does she really bare shame for 7 days?

6 comments:

kbdavis07 said...

The Rabbis of the Talmud noted that Aaron did not receive the same punishment as his sister, otherwise he would no longer have been able to perform his duties as high priest.

Chandra said...
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Cali Girl said...

Apparently, back in those days, as it is today, it is a gross sign of disrespect to spit in someone's face. They must have had the tradition of going into hiding until most people have forgotten about it and moved on. Back in those days, they handled shame and grief differently than we do now. The poured ashes on themselves and put on sackclothe to show that they were brought low.

Anonymous said...

Miriam received an ironic punishment of snow white leprous skin, because she spoke out against Moses Cushite, or black, wife!
You wanna bag on black people? I'll make you REAL white!
It's somewhat funny. Also, not much is made of Moses marrying a black woman.

Anonymous said...

Amos 9:7 "Are you not like the Cushites to me, O people of Israel?"

Moses was black, the difference was like American to Canadian, Catholic to Baptist.
Leprosy back then is like vilitigo.

George Montgomery said...

Good for you!