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February 15 - Evening

"“Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he
had married a Cushite.”

- Numbers 12:1

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Miriam's Rebellion


Moses’ older siblings, Miriam and Aaron, began to speak against Moses because of his Cushite wife. The reason or motive for their slander is not clear, but their charges appear to be unfounded considering the fact that in the end God punishes Miriam.

Their reason, or the smokescreen, for their verbal attack against Moses could have been that Moses married a foreign woman. Ethnic purity was important in Israel, for example, they are commanded to drive out the Canaanites, yet within the Israel camp foreigners were present and welcomed. Foreigners could join Israel in the covenant blessing by following the statutes and being circumcised. Foreigners could even celebrate the Passover along with Israel. (Exodus 12:48-49; Lev. 24:22; Numbers 15:14-16: 15:29)

The account seems to indicate that the attack on Moses by Miriam and Aaron is based more on a motive to undermine Moses authority.  They said:

“Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? (or “…spoken only to Moses?”)
Numbers 12:2

It would seem that Miriam felt her position and importance was threatened since, Aaron and his family already have a significant place in the Israelite camp. 

The Lord immediately called all three of them to stand in front of the Tabernacle where he defends Moses' ministry and rebukes Miriam and Aaron. The Lord then left Miriam with leprosy until Moses interceded for her.
  Christian Quote from Church History
“Love means to love that which is unlovable;
or it is no virtue at all.” 
- G.K. Chesterton
Something to Ponder??

In his book “Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know – and Doesn’t" (book here), Stephen Prothero of Boston University claims that though the US is the most religious nation in the developed world, it is also the most religiously ignorant. In a poll:

1. Half of those polled could not name one of the four Gospels.
2. Only 33% knew who delivered the Sermon on the Mount
3. Less than half knew the first book of the Bible
4. 75% believed Ben Franklin’s quote, “God helps those who help themselves,” was instead a Bible verse.

The proud Evangelicals who claim to support biblical literacy with their Bible based sermons scored virtually the same as the non-evangelical Christians.  (Details here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Amerimnos (Gr) – Free from Anxiety Eng) - amerimnos is a Greek word is found only in
Matthew 2:14 and First Corinthians 7:32.
means “free from anxiety,” “without anxiety,” and “free from worry.”


When Moses led Israel south toward the Gulf of Aqaba to go around the land of Edom the people complained. So, the Lord sent venomous snakes that bit and killed many people. (Numbers 21:4-9) This occurred on the way toward the Gulf of Aqaba. Excavations in this area at Timna (15 miles north of the Gulf of Aqaba) an Egyptian temple used around this time was converted by the Midianites about 1150 BC into a tent shrine covered with curtains like Israel’s tabernacle that passed by here in Numbers 21:4. In 1969 inside the holy place of this temple/tabernacle was found a five inch copper snake. It appears that the Israelites episode at this part of their journey left an impression on the style of temple and the use of the bronze serpent.
(Map 1, Map 2,
copper serpent, details here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I realize that complaining is both habit forming and it has a tendency to intensify?
Complaining is self-destructive and rarely reverses itself or resolves problems.
I will seek to recognize the positive and resolve problems with action or simple perseverance.

  "The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
    but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit."
- Proverbs 15:4
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Exodus 33 Leviticus 10
Prayer for Today
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Efficient at work Stand firm in face of opposition and persecution Local Economy Angola
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

The details of the Nea Church built by Emperor Justinian in 534 AD. The parts of the church emphasized with highlighted line sections can still be seen today. (More details here)
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Field ready for harvest in June in Israel in the land of Benjamin.
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