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Numbers 19-21: Consequences of Sin
Numbers 20 begins with the death of Miriam: “And the people of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh. And Miriam died there and was buried there” (20:1).
Miriam had been such a help to her brother Moses, first when he was just a baby in a basket floating in the Nile and then as he led the people through the wilderness. Back in Exodus 15, we read where she led the women in a song of victory after the people of Israel crossed the Red Sea. But then, in Numbers 12, we read of Miriam and her brother, Aaron, talking negatively about the woman Moses married all because Miriam was jealous of Moses' special relationship with God. Because of this, God spoke directly to Miriam and Aaron and told them it was not right for them to speak against their brother Moses. As a result of her disobedience, Miriam had the terrible disease of leprosy. That’s the last thing the Bible records about her life until it records her death here in chapter 20.
Miriam was jealous. Moses was angry. Both were wrong. Miriam became leprous for seven days and had it not been for the pleading to God by her brother Moses, she may have been leprous for the rest of her life. Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land because of his anger.
These are two excellent reminders for us today that sin has real consequences, and even leaders like Moses and Miriam are not perfect. We all need God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness. I am so glad that His grace, mercy, and forgiveness are available to us today! Aren’t you?
As we read about the consequences of sin today, I am reminded of chapter 26 of Leviticus and the promises of both obedience and disobedience listed for us there.
Promises of Obedience:
Promises of Disobedience:
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