THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Scripture: Numbers 12:9-16
Numbers 12:9-12 says, “So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was a leper. So Aaron said to Moses, ‘Oh, my lord! Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb.’” This is a very strong example of how disobedience to God’s Word or disobedience to His Spirit can open the door to physical correction. But it is only one small part and by no means can be applied in every situation. Miriam found herself in a position of being corrected by God. It did not take long for her to repent when she saw leprosy. Aaron was very quick to repent too. He probably must have felt like leprosy was headed for him next. Miriam had to stay outside the camp for seven days. It is interesting what God had to say about this process. Verse 14 says, “If her father had but spit in her face would she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut out of the camp seven days, and after that let her be received again.” Some things God takes so seriously that He responds by quick action. Let’s trust that none of us will be this hard-hearted or rebellious as to have to walk in such a place.