THE BOOK OF NUMBERS
GUILD IN THE RANKS
DISSENSION GUILD IN THE RANKS STUDY ON DISSENSION GUILD IN THE RANKS DANGERS WITH DISSENSION GUILD IN THE RANKS MESSAGE
It's time for another great story here at Daily Bread! We're glad you could
join us in our continuing Bible study of the book of Numbers. The last time
we were learning about the giving of the quail when the children of Israel
complained about having only manna to eat.
We're gonna start off with a little
Daily Bread Crumb this time. What is dissension? Dissension is a
difference of opinion, usually accompanied by contentious quarreling. In
today's story, we find out that Moses had taken another woman for a wife who
was Ethiopian. Miriam and Aaron weren't pleased about it so they spoke out
against Moses because of it. They said, Is Moses the only person the Lord
has spoken through? Hasn't He spoken through us too? Remember, that Miriam
was a prophetess and there were times when the Lord spoke directly to Aaron
too. Now, even though this may have been true, God heard the dissension
and He didn't like them contending with Moses this way. Moses was a very
meek man, more humble than anyone on the earth. The Lord wanted them all in
DISSENSION GUILD IN THE RANKS LESSON WITH DISSENSION GUILD IN THE RANKS EXPLANATION
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Without hesitation, the Lord told
all three of them to meet Him at the tabernacle of the congregation. When
they met there, the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud and stood in
the door of the tabernacle. He called Aaron and Miriam and they both
stepped forward. The Lord said, Listen to my words now. If there is a
prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known to him in a
vision, and will speak to him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so. He
is most faithful of all my children. With him I will talk mouth to mouth,
plainly, and not in obscure language and he will see the likeness of the
Lord. Why then weren't you afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
Here's another lil Daily Bread Stick ... Throughout the entire Bible God
deals with those that deal wrong with those He has chosen and will forever.
The Lord was angry with Miriam and
Aaron and He left. The cloud disappeared from off the tabernacle and Miriam
became leprous, white as snow, and Aaron looked at Miriam and saw that she
was stricken with leprosy.
Aaron said to Moses, I know we've
done wrong, and we've sinned, but I beg you please, don't hold it against
us. Don't let Miriam die. Now you may be wondering, why did God only
afflict Miriam, when both Miriam and Aaron were guilty of the slander.
Well, it's kind of like this. Have you ever seen a loved one suffering and
you wish so badly that you could take on their pain so they wouldn't have to
bear it? You can be assured that Aaron was feeling the sting just as well
Moses prayed, Heal her now, O God,
I beg you. But the Lord answered Moses, If her father had done as little as
spit in her face, shouldn't she be ashamed for at least seven days? Let
Miriam be shut out of the camp for seven days and after that, she can come
back in again.
DISSENSION GUILD IN THE RANKS INFORMATION WITH DISSENSION
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So Miriam stayed outside the camp
for one week and the people didn't journey again until Miriam was brought in
again. After that, she returned and the children of Israel left Hazeroth
and camped in the wilderness of Paran.
If you ever know that you've made
the Lord angry with you, the very best thing to do is repent, fast. Many
times the Lord will discipline us and we don't like the way it feels.
will help you understand that He does this because He loves
us. At times, He takes things away from us, usually because they are
getting in between us and Him. But if He disappears ... If you feel His
absence instead of His presence, as Miriam and Aaron certainly felt when the
cloud disappeared from over the tabernacle and the last words He spoke were
in anger, you'll want to get back in His good graces, quickly. We've
learned that we neither want to be kicked out of the camp, nor watching
someone else be kicked out who has taken our side. Pray. Sincerely ask for
His forgiveness. And never forget, we all fall. Get back up on your feet,
dust yourself off and try, try again ... More earnestly than the last time!
Thank you to Aaron and Miriam for that valuable lesson. C'mon
back and join us again next time for our next study in the book of Numbers
when we find out about the spies that the Lord sends to the Promised Land,
right here at Daily Bread.