Numbers Chapter 12

Numbers 12

1And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

2And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

3(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

4And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

5And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

6And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

7My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

8With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

9And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

10And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

11And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.

12Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother’s womb.

13And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.

14And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.

15And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.

16And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.

17 thoughts on “Numbers Chapter 12

  1. Chapter 11 we find God’s people grumbling and complaining, one chapter later we find Aaron and Miriam talking against the leader. Grumbling and complaining leads to greater contention and soon those involved will be filled with leporasy (type and shadow of sin), which is what grumbling and complaining against the God and the man of God is. We must be careful in all things as not to displease the Lord with our speech. Remembering “the power of life and death are in the tongue….” We will have what we say, or at least the fruit of what we say.


    1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
    2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.
    9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

    The LORD addressed general complaining in Chapter 11 and the FIRE departed from them. Fire represents the Holy Ghost and purification. Without the FIRE of the Holy Ghost to convict and convince us of our wrongs. We would continue on a path of deception and destruction.

    Here in Chapter 12 the complaint is specific to Leadership. A disagreement in who GOD would use. It is deadly to be wrong about speaking against Leadership.


    Leadership especially a Pastor and his wife are the subject or topic of much discussion, most of the time it is good, however it is easy to become negative, especially if there is not understanding, respect and trust. We witness here in Chapter 12 that Moses and his wife were unharmed, it was the accuser, complainer that paid the price. God knows the heart of his Leaders and corrects us.

    General complaining cost Israel the FIRE or POWER and now specific complaining against Leadership cost them the CLOUD or COVERING.

    10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle;


  3. I’ve never understood why some people disagree with inner racial marriage. There is only ONE race, the human race…EVERYONE came from Adam and Eve. The only thing that counts is your faith…We are required to marry those of like faith.

  4. We should never speak against a man called by God as a Minister.Even if from another Denomination,Only God knows His plans for that person. I have always been careful not to judge one who professes Jesus as Lord. I might disagree and let them Know but we shouldnt gossip.Radio ,TV or walking the street with a sandwich billboard,Be careful what you say if he is trying to be a witness.

  5. God said I SPEAK TO MOSES MOUTH TO MOUTH!! Wow! Moses was worth talking to because he listened to God, he was obedient and he was meek.

  6. Why only Miriam?
    Nu 12:10-15

    Though both Miriam and Aaron rebel against Moses, only Miriam is struck with leprosy. Why is Aaron spared? Perhaps Miriam is the first one to gripe, or perhaps her grumbling is worse than Aaron’s is spared because of his position as high priest, so the worship of the Isrealites will not be disrupted. Certainly, though Aaron is spared the disease, he suffers as he watches his sister bear the punishment for a sin both of them commited.

    In any case, the objections regarding Moses’ Cushite wife are apparently a cover for Miriam and Aaron’s true complaint: “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? …Hasn’t he also spoken through us? (Nu 12:2). God quickly and dramatically demonstrates that he will not tolerate jealousy among his servants. Moses’ face-to-face relationship with God is unique for his time. Today, however, through the redeptive work of Jesus, all believers can experience this close relationship with God. Jesus’ death and resurrection have removed the barriers of sin, and a vital fresh, face-to-face relationship with the Father can be ours.

  7. God defined a difference between prophets among the Israelites and Moses. It is more than relationship and calling/anointing/gifting, it is also positioning. Our leaders will be shown things beyond what we see and their position means they have a different role and walk with God as pertaining to their place of serving and authority. It’s more than a title, and as such if God makes a distinction, so should we.

  8. I believe as with Moses, in our age, there should be men who are more than prophets, men that god can have a conversation with.

  9. 9And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

    Miriam and Aaron showed us all that when we speak against our stiritual leaders then we make God very mad. We might not understand all that is said and done by them all the time, but we must keep believing that they are hearing correctly from God, and we must lift them up, not tear them down.

  10. Pride was at the root of this situation. 2And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

    Pride mixed with a gossip’s tounge causes a leprous spirit.

  11. You have to watch who you talk about. God is always listening. If you think it, write it or say it in secret, God hears it all. Touch not mine anointed…

  12. This chapter illustrates place. We must all remember, God is in charge and he calls (appoints) whom he will. A wise person will praise God for where they have been appointed and what they have, whereas an unwise person will not fully comprehend where or why they have been appointed and often cry for more. We must learn to be content and we must learn to support the man of God. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  13. Having the leaprosy only fall on Miriam demonstrates the great wisdom of God. When my kids watch their siblings suffer their coorection it makes them understand the severity more than if I would have punished them. Watching your sister suffer leaprocy must have been excruciating. I would rather be sick than to watch my children get sick. His correction to Aaron was with great wisdom. After moses prayed to God to heal her the Lord replied after 1 week she could come back into the camp. Sometimes we have to understand that the Lord does forgive us but the correction still stands for a season so that we learn from it. The correction brought them to repentance. I want to obey God to the point that he can just direct my life instaed of having to dramaticly correct it.

  14. Aaron and Miriam tried to put themselves in a position that they wanted. When they deceived they would do what they wanted and be just like the leader because they were “special” too, GOD set them straight. Don’t try to take a position that is not yours. Don’t speak against your leaders.

  15. Verses 6-8 in the NLT read….”And the LORD said to them, “Now listen to what I say:

    “If there were prophets among you,
    I, the LORD, would reveal myself in visions.
    I would speak to them in dreams.
    But not with my servant Moses.
    Of all my house, he is the one I trust.
    I speak to him face to face,
    clearly, and not in riddles!
    He sees the LORD as he is.
    So why were you not afraid
    to criticize my servant Moses?”

    Be careful not to criticize or talk against the man of God.

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