When you thank the Lord for things, do you just say, “Oh, Lord, thank you for all my blessings;” or do you say, “Thank you, Lord, for the fact that in this family we have had three meals today”? In your heart are you resentful of your husband’s role as your head? That’s why Jesus came! Are all teachers? She has a godly influence. What other kind? He said that if a person says he’s a prophet and he says something’s going to happen, and it happens, then you can say he is a prophet of the Lord. We can have access to God. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.” She was God’s gift. It brought judgment to Miriam. A “she-prophet”? They not only foretold, but they gave forth new revelation. A prophetess A seer A harlot A gypsy. What else? Miriam (מִרְיָם ‎ Mīrəyām) was described in the Hebrew Bible as the daughter of Amram and Jochebed, and the older sister of Moses and Aaron.She was a prophetess and first appears in the Book of Exodus.. I want you to turn to Philippians for a minute. What might be the subtle undercurrent here? Every authority is established by God. You have an influence! Talk to them! Women in the Bible #6: Miriam. Date: About 1520 – 1420 b.c.. Name: Miriam [MER-eh-um: “ loved by Yahweh ”) Greatest contribution: Miriam played a vital role as the protective sister of baby Moses, and later as a prophetess partner of the adult Moses in delivering the Israelites from Egypt. What ACTION OF YOUR WILL based on God’s Word will you take to correct this? In the Old Testament, especially at this time not one word was written of the Word of God. ... Foundation for a study. Look at the end of verse 8:] What was so terrible about leprosy? In Numbers 5:1-3, if you just turn quickly back, this is just one of the places: The LORD said to Moses, "Command the Israelites to send away from the camp anyone who has an infectious skin disease or a discharge of any kind, or who is ceremonially unclean because of a dead body. Have you ever been accused falsely? You see, none of us is guaranteed tomorrow. Don’t waste a lot of sympathy. Miriam was a woman of God. We are called, not to come here every Wednesday morning to sit and say, “Oh gee, I enjoyed that lesson!” We are called to get out there and use our gifts in the body that we belong to, for each other and for the glory of God. What else? When both of them stepped forward, he said, "Listen to my words: "When a prophet of the LORD is among you, What else? It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. He was very special when he was born. There were Deborah, Huldah, Anna in the New Testament, and Philip’s four daughters. He said that these women were critical workers for the gospel. Don’t forget that Aaron did his share! You feel inferior; but if God says you have a gift, and you were given it the moment you trusted Christ, then what do you have to do to get over that? It’s unbelief! Who were Miriam's two brothers? I get the feeling—maybe I’m putting myself too much into this—that Miriam was more aggressive, more active. No one signed up to be a slave. That’s really important! Unclean!” when anyone got even within hearing distance. Are you envious and looking at someone else and wishing that you could do that—waiting to get out of the “prison” where the kids are? Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had leprosy; and he said to Moses, "Please, my lord, do not hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed. My own questions that I used in teaching about Miriam … Exodus 2:1-10: Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Moses, the fugitive, the failure, had made a whole new life for himself in the land of Midian. 1. So the woman took the baby and nursed him. Now, this is about Moses, but we are concentrating on Miriam. Bible Study: Advent 4 (B) - December 20, 2020. I speak to Moses as clearly as possible, because Moses is my servant--my faithful servant.”] To prepare for this study, please read the Women in Christ commentary: Miriam, Leader and Prophetess. 7. He said that the leadership needs to move in and help them! It’s the first month of the fortieth year, and she dies. Read Hebrews 11:24-28. Moses was forty. There are some with no children, some with first children, some with more than one, some whose children are grown, some whose children have left. clearly and not in riddles; Whether he uses you to help someone who needs food or clothes, or help someone understand God’s Word, or help someone come to Christ, it doesn’t matter. She saw as Pharaoh's daughter's took pity on him. They worshipped the fly, they worshipped the beetle, they worshipped the sun, they worshipped the bulls, and everything! The sin had been a public violation of trust, all in the name of the Lord. Miriam is the elder sister of Aaron and Moses. You see, we need to be specific. What else keeps us from doing the most wonderful thing in the world? God really used that. A prophet is one to whom and through whom God speaks, revealing himself and his will. We must be content with the influential role that God has given us within the framework he has instituted. Nothing could get them out of it, and for four hundred years they were born slaves in Egypt. But that’s where Moses was when God called him out of the burning bush. “The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them. In this case, Miriam, the leader of women, the prophetess who wanted to be equal with the leader God had appointed, was outside the camp alone for seven days. December 20, 2020. She was given leadership by God; but with leadership comes great responsibility. You see, that’s what we’re called to do! This is an anthropomorphism. Miriam the prophetess Miriam was with Moses throughout the nine plagues. It’s not “if” in doubt, it’s the “if” of certainty. What did Miriam and Aaron want to change? I wonder if she resented the way Moses handled some things. She and her three-year-old brother, Aaron, had godly parents who trusted the God of Israel—but the king of Egypt hated her people. She picked her share of manna for her family. Did the fact that the women looked up to her fill her with pride? 12. I have rebuked and punished her. Numbers 12:2: “’Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?’ they asked. She sees one plague after another devastate and humiliate the Egyptians. It’s a way of talking about God as if he were a man, but, he says, “I speak to Moses with nothing between. If they were good people, the sin is so bad that it needs to be exposed. What do we learn about her and her abilities? I would like for us to have a little bit of present-day application of this. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. These short topical lessons work well for small group meetings in your home. Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. Numbers 12:1-16. If you know women in your church that have a “thing” between them, and they are just going on, help them! It is a discipline from the Lord. 24:9. She has musical ability. I think we have to recognize that whatever covering God has given us, inside we are all alike. She is the only daughter of Amram and Jochebed. It would be forty years before they met again. Now, the Bible does not tell us that she was married, but Jewish tradition says that she married a man named Hur. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Who were the Cushites? God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. Miriam was there when God opened a path to the sea, and that whole army of people walked over on dry ground. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water." “I’ve gotta find myself! We could be ready for heaven. But, we do talk so much more, and that’s why the danger is more! I don’t think all the prejudice is from whites to blacks, I think it’s reverse, as well. The birth mother of Mirian was Jochebed, her Father was Amram. In fact, it says in Proverbs 10:19, and listen carefully to this; this is kind of an awesome verse. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch [to make it waterproof]. The minister of music and the minister to adults went to her house this morning to plan her funeral. How did Moses defend himself or his authority? Isn’t God interesting, the way he brings discipline? The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10), Bible Storying Series - Teaching The Story Of God Chronologically. She had thirty-eight more years to live under Moses’ leadership, and she never challenged it again. That is very hard to do. 1. But, in that day, the way they would sing in praise was that one side would sing, and then the other would answer in response. Gossip! Miriam is only mentioned by name in 14 verses in the Bible, but she is one of the most important people found in the pages of scripture. Right! I think the emotion underlying the passage lets us see how much these two brothers really loved their older sister. Now what was it that Miriam wanted? 11. Did her position go to her head? The horse and its rider document.write('Christian Advertising | '); he has become my salvation. Miriam Is Cured Of Leprosy in the Bible: Miriam, the sister of Moses, occupies an unusual position in the narrative of the Five Books of Moses. The cloud comes down, see? So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back. What do you think she thought of when she was there? I think so! Part of a "Women of the Bible" Bible Study Series. Miriam sang to them [and she sings the same verse as verse 1 there, with a little bit of change in the pronoun]: "Sing to the LORD, Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” You see, what God did revealed his character, and that’s exactly what the song brings out. She is still a woman of influence, because they record her death, but I am sure that there was a definite diminishing of the influence that she had. She was a good example and she was a bad example; in fact, she was just like we are! Fear that people are going to notice that all of a sudden you are making a stand for God, and they are going to make fun of you. Fear of ridicule! Twenty-eight! The Bible tells us we are to judge that! But you must do what the Israelites did. I’m going to read and will you follow? The day came when all Miriam’s hopes for Moses were dashed to the ground. ‘Hasn't he also spoken through us?’" The pitch is for equality. The Torah refers to her as "Miriam the Prophetess" and the Talmud names her as one of the seven major female prophets of Israel. Now you and I are born slaves to sin. Miriam was there when they looked behind them and saw the chariots of Pharaoh bearing down on them, to either take them back to Egypt or to kill them. That doesn’t mean I’ve been perfect—but almost! That’s OK. Just don’t make those preferences biblical! It was a very important thing for you to see how privileged she was, and how influential she was. document.write('Contact Us | '); You see, this family had high hopes for this little baby! Phil 2:1-4: If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ [and you do], if any comfort from his love [and you do], if any fellowship with the Spirit [and you have that], if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. He’d gotten a wife, he had two sons, and he spent all his days taking care of sheep—not even his own, but his father-in-law’s! I won’t read the rest. Who Was Miriam’s Mother? I don’t want to lose influence by making a play for power, and I think we have to be very careful about that as women. We can’t go to church, be baptized, or do any of those things. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. That’s hard to get rid of, isn’t it? The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back." I see these letters in the paper saying, “These people are good people, and it’s terrible the way you keep on.” I don’t think they were good people. There were other people in the Bible, women, that were called prophets. Do you see some wrong attitude you should forsake, some godly attitude you should develop? It means wished for child, or perhaps even a quite different meaning, which is bitter or rebellious. Question: "Who was Miriam in the Bible?" In this case, I think we have to really face it that Miriam was the instigator. Moses forgave Miriam and God's compassion is seen here and heeds the cries of his servant Moses. There is a woman in my church who came to me about two years ago, and she said, “I have multiple sclerosis.” She seemed to deteriorate quite rapidly! Miriam is referenced in the Old Testament of the Bible as a prophetess and originally emerges in the Book of Exodus. Exodus 15:1-2: "I will sing to the LORD, 3) With rare exceptions, all characters are arranged chronologically. By Scarlett Stough. How did you defend yourself? God did it; he used Moses. Notice what he says in verse 13: “So Moses cried out to the LORD, "’O God, please heal her!’". Rebellion is against God. Free forever from Egypt and all of its cruelty and bondage! God had kept all of his promises to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob—and to them! You are unique! She takes her place of leadership, but her leadership directed them to the Lord--in praise to the Lord. Find our full sermon compilation for individual, small group, ... God used Miriam’s bravery as she kept an eye on her brother Moses, floating in a basket. Have you ever had to just let the Lord defend you or vindicate you? 4.) Maybe now she was content to be what God had called her to be—a leader of women, under Moses’ leadership. Miriam had not usurped leadership! Everybody knew that! I know that there is every season of life represented here. Who was Miriam's father? How could they kill it? Summarize what God says in verses 6-8 about His special relationship with Moses. According to the Hebrew Bible, Miriam was the older sister of Moses and Aaron. The Biblical female name Miriam is of Hebrew origin and is considered to be an older version of the name Mary. Will you turn to that? Look—I love this section in verse 11, though--"Who among the gods is like you, O LORD?” They had just left a country that worshipped three hundred thousand gods! Who was Miriam in the Bible? For maps showing the route they took as they journeyed into Canaan, see Maps for Bible study. Miriam as a Child . Miriam, with her brothers Moses and Aaron, led the Hebrew people throughout the forty years when they reverted to the nomadic life, searching meanwhile for a land where they could settle – the Promised Land. Busy-ness in things that are not as important! I’m always interested to know how long it takes a widower to marry! Is she the instigator? Introduced by the General Conference Department of Women's Ministries in 2008, the fourteen lessons give nurture and encouragement through timeless topics and issues that still affect women today, just as in Bible times. In 1 Corinthians 12, for instance, it’s listed as one of the gifts of the Spirit, one of the enabling gifts. Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" You will have the ability, then, to learn how to control the sin, whatever it is–whether it’s lust, temper, tongue, you name it! Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Miriam was about fifty. Women who are married live under the headship of their husbands--not inferior--equal in personhood, but willingly taking a place of submission to the one God has given the responsibility to lead them. Look what happened in verses 20-21. Isn’t that interesting? That sweet little baby that some of you brought here today and you hold in your arms, has a sin nature and is a slave to sin by birth! Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. What was it? So, anyone with leprosy had to go outside the camp and stay there until the leprosy left them. These must have been heady days! Many commentators identify her as Miriam.Two genealogies listing Moses, Aaron, and Miriam as the sole children of Amram support the identification (Num 26:59; 1 Chr 6:3). 3. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. Exodus 15:21 | View whole chapter | See verse in context And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. If there is any question I will lean that way! Where did she go astray? She wanted more power, more influence, and more prominence. Do you resent the fact that you have someone supervising you at work? Pray for them! If this is based on racial prejudice, it’s as if God were saying, “If you prefer white, how would you like to be really white?” I think this is something we need to think about. And the girl went and got the baby's mother. Miriam was a woman of influence, and she lost a lot of that because she was not satisfied with the limitations placed on her, and she made a play for power. The reading passages are divided into manageable and content appropriate chunks. What do we see about her? She heard the complaining when water ran out, and she saw God’s provision. They are going to lose your companionship. Now God’s swift and terrible discipline falls. Exodus 2:1–10 features an unnamed sister of Moses who helps deliver him at the Nile River. I don’t know what it was—but I think it was probably a compilation of a lot of things, but ambition began to burn within her. Familiar with the Bible This Bible Study can be used by an individual or a small group. I don’t want you to think that is all biblical, even if it’s showing up in Christian books! So, in this way, he says to them, “Moses and I have a special relationship, because Moses is a very special person, different from prophets. Anything you do that is for God’s glory and to advance his kingdom, to advance the gospel, is the only thing that is going to last. 19 thoughts on “ Miriam: The Trusting Girl – Part 2 in a Fourteen-Week Bible Study for Women ” Mary Jane January 9, 2017 at 2:17 pm. She is called “Miriam the prophetess” in Exodus 15:20. “Leprous”: In judgment of Miriam’s opposition to Moses, the Lord struck her with leprosy. “Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.” Moses is eighty-two by this time. Now look at v. 14-15: The LORD replied to Moses, "If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? for he is highly exalted. Humbled? He’ll prove it to you when about the second word he ever learns is, “No!” See? Miriam’s brothers were Aaron and … She first appears by name, however, in the crossing of the Red Sea (Exod 15:20–21). I think Miriam rallied the women—put starch in their spines—encouraged them. They were not to marry any of the Canaanites, or any of the Moabites, but there was nothing forbidding them to marry Cushites. Disappointed? And then when you get old and all of these interesting things that you are doing now don’t matter anymore, then maybe you’ll give God the dregs—you know, whatever’s left! I think she was a support to her brothers. When it says in the Scripture, “Judge not that you be not judged,” it is not saying that we must never say that something that God says is sin, is sin. Now let me make the analogy for you! For one thing, certainly, their hope for a deliverer had ended in despair. I deal with him differently. Exodus 15:20 Exodus 15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dances. God’s woman is a unique creation, responsible to God, to love him, to serve him, to obey him, and influential in her sphere. Miriam was a woman of influence, and she lost a lot of that because she was not satisfied with the limitations placed on her, and she made a play for power. I want to work together with everyone so that corporately we accomplish what God wants, and it doesn’t matter who gets the credit!” Can you imagine what would happen in the church? Why was this necessary? Galatians 5:20 tells us that discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissension, factions, envy, and conceit are acts of the sinful nature—not of those under the control of the Spirit of God. Therefore, rebellion is against God. He came to give his life for you, and for you, and for you, and for me—so that our sins could be forgiven! 5. Do you understand the difference there, girls? Exodus 15:19-21 What title is Miriam given? They were born into it and they could never get out of it by their own effort. We can forgive, and we can “not be judgmental” because we can all do the same type of thing. 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