Bible Study Lessons from Hazeroth

Bible Study Lessons from Hazeroth

When the Israelites left Kibroth Hattaavah, they went to Hazeroth. (Numbers 11:35)

Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because he had married an Ethiopian woman. They asked, "Has God only spoken through Moses? Has He not also spoken through us also?" (Numbers 12:1-2)

God heard their words and He told Moses, Aaron and Miriam to come to the tabernacle of meeting. God came down in a pillar of cloud and stood in the door and told them He spoke face to face with Moses and then asked them, "Why were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?". (Numbers 12:8)

His anger was aroused and He left. When His cloud left the tabernacle, Miriam developed leprosy. 

Aaron pleaded with Moses and Moses prayed to God to heal her. God responded by saying that she should be shut out of the camp for seven days. (Numbers 12:1-15)

Mistake Speaking Against God's Servant
Miriam was struck with leprosy because she spoke against Moses for marrying an Ethiopian woman. If Moses who she had spoken against had not prayed to God for her to be healed. she would not have received the lighter punishment of being locked outside the camp for a whole week instead of suffering from leprosy which could have made her be locked out of the camp for the rest of her life.

Do not speak against the servants of God even if they have done something that you consider wrong. 

This is because when you are speaking against them, you are speaking against the God they are serving. This is the reason He hears and fights on their behalf. 

We can see in this case that Moses did not have to tell God about it like in other situations when he told the Israelites,  "Stand still so that I may hear what God will say". (Numbers 9:6-8)

In this situation, God heard it. (Numbers 12:2)

Therefore when you are tempted say bad things about a servant of God, always remember that God is listening and He may punish you the way He punished Miriam. 

We can see another example of this when Jesus appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus and asked him, "Saul, Saul why are you persecuting Me?(Acts 9:4)

By this time Jesus had resurrected and returned to Heaven. But He took the persecution of the Christians He had left behind personally and that is why He asked Saul "Saul, Saul why are you persecuting Me?"  instead of asking, "Saul, Saul why are you persecuting My Christians? 

Therefore do not speak against servants of God. If you must speak to someone about them, speak to God and ask Him to help you cope with whatever they have done to you and recover from its effects. 

In addition, ensure you do not persecute people who are serving Jesus Christ because He may strike you down the way He struck Saul. (Acts 9:4)

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