Thursday, March 6, 2014

Devotion For The Day

Numbers 12:1-3 (NIV)
Miriam and Aaron
began to talk against Moses because of his
Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite....
"Has the LORD spoken only through
Moses?" they asked. "Hasn't he also spoken
through us?" And the LORD heard this.
Moses was a very humble man, more humble
than anyone else on the face of the earth.)

Moses family didn't approve of his marriage.
We don't know what happened to Zipporah,
his first wife. The new wife was an Egyptian,
probably one of the multitude that came out
with the Israelites to worship the God of the
Hebrews. I think Moses was big enough to
make his own decisions, and godly enough
not to be second-guessed. The real issue is
leadership. Who has the final say? "Shouldn't
we vote on whether or not this is the right
decision? God speaks to us too! Why should
he remarry at his age (80+yrs)?"
Yes, He does speak to them. We just saw in
the last chapter how His Spirit was placed
upon the elders. The question remains, who
will have the final say? It is a power struggle,
and not the last one we will see in the desert.
The power belongs to God. He's in charge.
He is leading through his servant Moses, but
helping him with the elders. This most
humble of men does not defend himself and
his decision to marry, but God will defend
We can know that if we are walking with the
LORD, in humble submission to Him, that we
need not defend ourselves. The office of the
prophet as the intermediary between God
and man has since ceased (Luke 16:16). The
Holy Spirit communes with each of us, and
we have His Word. Still, the principle is the
same. We will often be questioned, and
sometimes our whole family will be against
us (Matthew 10:36). We should know that we
need not argue our case. If it is a righteous
decision, the LORD will defend us. If it is not
a godly decision, we will see by the fruit and
learn from our mistake. That is genuine
Meditation: Can I trust God to defend my
godly decisions?
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