Reading Through the Bible, Saturday February 12. Numbers 12-15

Moses was “a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.”

So how could a humble man write that?  Some look at the sentence and question whether Moses wrote Numbers.  But the critics forget: this isn’t Moses’ book.  It’s God’s book.  And while Moses is the penman, these are God’s words, and God intended you know what kind of leader it was being criticized by Miriam and Aaron.

It is not the first time Moses has been criticized, but the criticism is different.  It has nothing to do with his leadership.  It’s personal.  They don’t like Moses’ choice of wife.  And for that reason, they have decided to replace him as leader.

What presumption!

God made Moses leader over Israel with not a vote from either of them.  Now they suppose they are Moses’ equal.

God’s people should be careful about criticizing one another.  Paul will write: “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant?  To his own master he stands or falls.”  We are all under God’s value system.  None of us has the right to criticize our brethren when God has not.   But we should especially be careful about criticizing the leaders of God’s people.  If rebelling against governmental leaders is seen by God as rebellion against God’s authority, how much more so rebellion against those who by the example of their lives and anointing by the Spirit have been made leaders in a much higher institution – the Kingdom of God.