“So Miriam was shut up without the camp for seven days, and the people did not journey on until Miriam was brought in again.” Numbers 12:15 Amplified
Our woman of the Bible for today is Miriam, Moses sister. We see in the three instances that Miriam is mentioned she progresses in her walk with the Lord.
The first time she’s mentioned is when Moses was put in the basket and cast into the river Nile. She follows along to see where the basket ends up. As a young girl this was probably more like a game to her than a sacred task. She was bold though, and this would come back to bite her later. When Pharoah’s daughter pulls Moses out of the river Miriam steps forward and suggests she get a maid for the baby. God surely used her at that moment because Pharoah’s daughter agreed and Miriam took Moses back to his own birth mother to be taken care of.
The next time Miriam is mentioned is when the Israelites triumphantly leave Egypt. They’re singing praises to the Lord, in Exodus 15:20 it states that, “Miriam the prophetess took a timbrel in her hand and all the women went out after her with timbrels dancing.” It sounds as if she has come into a relationship with God herself as it specifically states that she is a prophetess.
The last time we read about her she has let her leadership and spiritual standing go to her head. In Numbers 12 she gets together with her brother Aaron and they talk against Moses. This can happen sometimes when we allow ourselves to be elevated, especially by others, and think more highly of ourself. The Lord quickly called them out on it. He let them know that he gave visions and dreams to prophets, but He spoke directly with Moses, he was set apart and distinctive. It’s not clear why only Miriam was affected by this betrayal of Moses, the Lord knows, her skin was turned leprous. Moses pleaded with God for his sister and the Lord left her that way for only seven days. Our verse today is the conclusion of this episode.
We see in the story of Miriam three parts; being used by God, praising God, and questioning God. We must learn from each phase, but ultimately trust in God.