Understanding the nature of leprosy makes it easy to see why ancient people were terrified of the disease and often required lepers to live outside of cities and limited their contact with others. God was very angry at Aaron and Miriam for speaking against Moses. thank you for all of the effort you have put into both it and your blog. Required fields are marked *. At first this seems supremely unfair, because even Aaron admits that, “ we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.” (Number 12:11) Your email address will not be published. Often times we become so complacent with our spiritual growth, to our own detriment. I feel the spirit when I read them. Or is it saying that this is how the prophet will know he is a prophet, and he is under no obligation to tell anyone else about it? Leprosy: Sent As a Judgment On: Miriam. She was willing to humble herself, accept guidance from the Lord, and go through the process that God had outlined for becoming clean– whole– and full of God’s power again. Leprosy was no exception, and Miriam’s bout with leprosy was designed to be a physical symbol of her a spiritual ailment. And the cloud departed from off the {f} tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. Please () do not lay [] this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. I am also struggling emotionally as my entire family (of origin) has left or is in the process of leaving the church. xviii. The main explanation seems to be that Miriam was held more responsible because she instigated the challenge in the first place and then enlisted Aaron to support her. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate the wisdom and compassion and truth in your words. I can see how you might wonder about my interpretation of this story, but remember it is just my interpretation. Infection can lead to damage of the nerves, respiratory tract, skin, and eyes. She started to question Moses and speak against him. They shut her out of their community but they didn’t walk away from her. 11 So Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord! I know I will refer back to this post because you clarify so many issues for me. (10-16)1-9 The patience of Moses was tried in his own family, as well as by the people. Both she and Aaron had some rough things to say about Moses’ Cushite wife, too. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insights. Numbers 12:10 Context. We have to pray for strength to become more "teachable and humble".A great talk by Elder Robert R Stevers of the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy; an excerpt: "Being Teachable" "True disciples of the Master are teachable. This post was amazing! Leprosy: The Priests: Judges and Directors in Cases of He lived a life “desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God.” “Desiring to receive instructions” is more than a willingness to listen. Everyone has to experience their own journey and try to figure out God's will for their own life since no two journeys will be the same. I have grieved and pondered over their situations. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Remember what the LORD thy God did unto Miriam by the way, after that ye were come forth out of Egypt. Why Did Miriam Get Leprosy. And the Lord heard it. This is why Miriam’s story has been running through my mind as I’ve thought about those people I know who have fallen away from the church. Bible verses related to Leprosy from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance - Sort By Book Order Mark 1:40-42 - And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) There are also three varieties, Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x.   Matthew - John I understand that "Every good son and daughter must be chastened of the Lord', but in the end Father's loving kindness shows in the love Miram's friends and family maintained for her and that they would "wait' with her.I can resonate with "spiritual ego", I think that this is a very real struggle, because of that "rush" of knowlege and insight we gain from the Holy Spirit when we are teachers or leaders or in just about any situation. This must have been something that both Aaron and Miriam could relate too. At first this seems supremely unfair, because even Aaron admits that, “we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.” (Number 12:11). The curse of leprosy is a very interesting consequence for Miriam’s actions. They are not aware that the moment they give way to this hallucination the Devil has power over them to lead them onto unholy ground… Such a person will make false prophecies, yet he will do it by the spirit of prophecy; he will feel that he is a prophet and can prophesy, but he does it by another spirit and power than that which was given him of the Lord.   Acts - Revelations He told them, “If there be a prophet [ one who has the gift of prophecy] among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.”. Take the Challenge God teaches us that, “Behold, he [she] who has repented of his [her] sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.” (D&C 58:42). Leprosy (51 Occurrences) Matthew 8:3 Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I want to. ^A Matt.VIII. We don’t know if after Miriam’s return to the camp she regained her position of leadership among the children of Israel, but I’d like to think she did. The problem is that, when the answer comes and it isn’t what you were expecting, it can be really hard to humble yourself and accept counsel. They are fiction, but they are the stories of Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel through their eyes. It gives me hope. I am very grateful. 3 (Now the man Moses was very meeke, aboue all the men which were vpon the face of … 8 With 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? There are also three varieties of psoriasis, namely, white, black and red. And now I need to read Leviticus again. I have enjoyed many of your articles in the past, and I followed a link to this one today. Beautifully written– thank you! SisterThese are powerful insights, thank you. You know who you remind me of? It just reminded me that we are NOT the first generation to ask the hard questions. 10 And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, () suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. I am a scripture loving, book writing, baby snuggling, garden growing, faith-centered disciple, wife, mother, daughter, and sister. Just like physical leprosy kills nerves and destroys your ability to feel, spiritual leprosy  destroys the soul’s power and results in a decrease of the ability to feel or to perceive the promptings of the spirit. And, when God left the tabernacle, Miriam was instantly full of leprosy! Miriam, the prophetess, the sister of Aaron (Exd 15:20. When our desire to receive instruction is a greater force than our comfort in remaining as we are, we become teachable. Compare this to Moses whom it says in Numbers 12:3, “was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” Moses, who was the prophet of the Lord, was devoid of all spiritual ego. This word in Hebrew is tuma and it doesn’t mean  “dirty” or “contaminated”. The problem was that Miriam had, at at her core, what I have heard called  “spiritual ego”. Thank you. hath he not spoken also by us?” (Numbers 12:2). KJV: And 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. The Torah refers to her as "Miriam the Prophetess" and the Talmud names her as one of the seven major female prophets of Israel. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel, NumbersLike the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 14:7). Leprosy: The Priests: had Rules for Distinguishing. Hath hee not spoken also by vs? Yet like the children of Israel I am not going to walk away and leave them behind. ^c 12 And it came to pass, while he was in one of the cities [it was a city of Galilee, but as it was not named, it is idle to conjecture which city it was], behold, ^b there cometh { ^a came} ^b to him a leper [There is much discussion as to what is here meant by leprosy. I believe words have the power to change the future and heal the past. Oh, that is the best compliment I could ever get! They had faith that she would be healed of her leprosy– both spiritual and physical- and that she would return to them. 20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. Be made clean." Miriam’s leprosy was interpreted by the people as a dramatic sign that Moses was God’s chosen leader, and that Miriam’s and Aaron’s authority, while still important, was less than Moses’. In Numbers 12 it tells how Miriam, and her brother Aaron,  both spoke out publicly against Moses for his marriage of an Ethiopian woman. Its important to remember to not let pride can be our downfall and how we need to be mindful of our thoughts at all times and be humble. In fact, in the Old Testament the Law of Moses gives a detailed set of rules concerning how leprosy should be dealt with among the Children of Israel. As the instigator and leader of … (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV) Matthew 10:8 infirm ones be healing, lepers be cleansing, dead be raising, demons be casting out -- freely ye did receive, freely give. Leprosy: Sent As a Judgment On: Uzziah. But also because I appreciate the reminder to stay humble and teachable. 1) It was not leprosy but Tzaraat. The Greatest Champion Of Woman And Womanhood Is Jesus Christ – James E. Talmage. Standing on the banks of the Nile river, Miriam watched as her baby brother, Moses, lay hidden among the reeds.She saw as Pharaoh's daughter's took pity on him. 7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. Is this verse telling us that we as members can know a person is the prophet because he tells us he has these experiences? Miriam as a Child . He has a series of books called The Women of Genesis. Thank you for your comment. Yet Miriam is a powerful example because she refused to let her leprosy over take her body and her soul. Miriam… For example, this is a quote by Brigham Young about the causes of apostasy and it is uncanny how much of it can be seen in Miriam and Aaron’s actions. There are two things in the text that show us this: • Miriam is named before Aaron at the start of the account. Leprosy and Living Death After speaking with the Lord in the tabernacle Miriam was struck with leprosy. If they are both at fault, if they both asked the question, then how come it was only Miriam who was cursed with leprosy? Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) 20 For our citizenship [conversation] is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 who, "The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye shall hearken."--Deut. The history of Moses is valuable to Christians, not only as giving us a pattern of fidelity towards God, of great firmness, and great meekness, but also as affording us a type or figure of our Saviour Christ. Mostly because the topic is so close to my heart. We can pray for them, we can have the compassion for them, and we can have faith that they will be healed. Having leprosy also made someone tuma (unclean) because there was no cure for it and in the eyes of the camp the person was a good as dead. Something to consider for a person that is voluntarily leaving the church is, we distance ourselves from them because we fear the questions and doubts that arise in us. With these words the Lord was clarifying how His priesthood power worked, and who held the right to receive revelation for the church. and the order of the camp (ii. 15. i really am loving your essays in the book. Thank you for your insight. xviii. She had “spiritual leprosy”, the eating away of the spirit that comes through apostasy and sin. God curses Miriam with leprosy for speaking against Moses Numbers 12:1,9-15 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman). Miriam and Aaron are jealous of Zipporah and Jethro The Lord sent leprosy to Miriam. Regardless, what we do know is after she came back she traveled with her people and dwelt with them again until the day of her death.   Book of Mormon, Study Guides As snow. It is interesting that when you study leprosy in the Bible that it speaks of people being “cleansed” from leprosy and not “healed.” (see Matt. Posts about Leprosy Miriam Numbers 12 written by Joseph Kariuki. In a similar way a woman is considered tuma after giving birth because while pregnant she is filled with a high level of spiritual power, but when her child is born that power departs. We are first introduced to Miriam, though not by name, in Exodus 2. As Miriam’s leprosy convicted Aaron of the foolish words they had spoken against God’s chosen servant, it should also remind us not to judge those around us or live in jealousy when God has given a specific call to someone else (see Titus 3:1–15; … You make me excited to read the scriptures. He uses the gift as much as you and I use ours… (source). In order to understand the significance of Miriam's role, and her subsequent judgment, it's necessary to understand the progression of the offence. The Reason You Love Jane Austen– and I Bet You didn’t Even Know it. Among them was what we know as leprosy today, a  highly contagious bacterial disease that results in nerve damage, especially in the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. There were also complex rules for determining if a person, a piece of clothing and even a house were infected with leprosy (See Lev. “Be careful against an infection of leprosy, that you diligently observe and do according to all that the Levitical priests teach you; as I have commanded them, so you shall be careful to do. and the order of the camp (ii. Perhaps they had seen the Lord in a dream or had strong spiritual promptings that had led them to believe that they had more authority and understanding than they really did. It was because of her question that the Lord was able to give the Children of Israel more understanding about how the priesthood and God’s kingdom operates. I hope you open them up and enjoy . Miriam, as we know, was considered a prophetess, but she wanted more and became restless. I really enjoy your writing, and you certainly do make the stories come alive! And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow. This expression points to the perfect development of the disease, as contrasted with its earlier and less conspicuous stages.   Book of Mormon. You are right, it is contagious, it was the doubt from another Mormon friend that started me down that path… Very scary path to be on. Numbers 12:10 Context. Over the last few years my heart has broken as I have watched people I know and love, and even people I don’t know, make choices that have caused them to be excommunicated, disfellowshipped, or to voluntarily leave the LDS church. I thought about that too when I was studying this! In fact, the number that symbolizes. I have a feeling that they know much more than they are able to share with us. As I thought about them the story of Miriam kept surfacing and re-surfacing in my mind. First, it tells us that the children of Israel didn’t give up hope on Miriam. The remarkable thing is that with Miriam it was apparently a form of leprosy in an advanced stage.   New Testament Even today, though scientists are able to treat and cure leprosy, they are still unsure about how it is spread. It can be hard to bear. So when Moses did and taught something that she didn’t like she questioned his ability to receive revelation, saying, “Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? 15. Miriam. When we have spiritual ego we don’t ask questions sincerely desiring an answer or direction. This is because among the  Israelites someone having leprosy was considered “unclean”. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper. Even today people who come back after excommunication have their records washed clean, with no mention of excommunication on them. As a result she had become tuma, “unclean”, meaning that she had  lost her spiritual power. 2 Kings 7:3 Jesus Heals a Leper and Creates Much Excitement. Instead we ask a question, already thinking that we know what the answer should be. My heart breaks for them because some of them don’t fully understand what they have lost, or what they have done. Later on we see that her process of questioning opened up an important dialogue with God about the role and responsibilities of the prophet. Who was Miriam in the Bible? I feel as if my mind has just been opened to an entire new understanding on a deeper level. WEB: The cloud departed from over the Tent; and behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow.Aaron looked at Miriam… I have issued a standing challenge for all my readers… The Women in the Scripture Challenge… are you super brave and daring enough to take the challenge? Numbers chapter 12 1611 KJV (King James Version) 1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses, because of the Ethiophian woman, whom hee had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.. 2 And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken onely by Moses? Remember what the Lord your God did to Miriam on the way as you came out of Egypt. Text: Comments.1 ¶ And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. I don't think that would be the same for every prophet. It is interesting to me that it is Miriam, and not Aaron, who ended up with leprosy. Leprosy: The Priests: Examined Persons Suspected of. They, whether they realized it or not,  had a bad case of  spiritual ego. And just like physical leprosy those germs might lay dormant for years until a person realizes they have been infected. So perhaps the same was true for Miriam. VII, Jesus Heals a Leper and Creates Much Excitement.   Old Testament The beautiful thing about the scriptures is that ever story has multiple meanings and different levels of meanings– like the parables that Jesus gave. 2-4; ^B Mark I. 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 hope that as you study this story more for yourself you will see what I mean, because it really is full of so many beautiful truths. I can relate to this because I have family members I dearly love who have taken themselves out of the Church. 9 So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. It is interesting to me that it is Miriam, and not Aaron, who ended up with leprosy. She had the ability to speak with power and with authority. I feel the same way about you. Because unlike the physical leprosy of the Bible, spiritual leprosy does have a cure–and that is the atonement of Jesus Christ. At that point we wouldn't fear the "contaminated" because we would know what we really believe and it would only give us love and empathy in our hearts that we can understand what it's like to be in a hard place. Aaron looked over at Miriam and saw she had leprosy, then Aaron realized that they … In fact leprosy was sometimes called “living death”. “..with him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold” (Numbers 12:8). I don't know if that means that every prophet receives a personal visit from Jesus (though I know that some have and have shared it– like Lorenzo Snow) but I think what it does mean is that they will hear and understand the Lord's will and words with clearness and plainness, just like he was speaking to them. The American Woman Today– What do You Think? No prophet arose in Israel like Moses, till Christ came, when the promise in the text was fulfilled--"The Lord thy God," says Moses, "shall, ^A Matt.VIII. Two diseases now go by that name; viz., psoriasis and elephantiasis. In fact, Miriam’s gift was so powerful that she was known as “the prophetess”. I believe God needs us to come to a place where we are truly seeking the hard answers because that is when he can really come to us and help us. I  have written, and re-written, the second half of Miriam’s story a dozen times (read the first part here). Home. Exodus 15:20 King James Version (KJV). My heart aches for them as I see the spiritual leprosy eat away at their souls– often so gradually that they don’t even realize what has happened to them. There are also three varieties …J. He was humble, contrite, and teachable. Leprosy in the Bible included a wide variety of skin aliments. 28--so called,[1] rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv. So several weeks ago I opened my scriptures and re-read the story of Miriam, as told in Numbers 12, and I was astounded at how applicable the story was to their situations. Your scriptural insights are absolutely wonderful. ), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). 18 For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is perdition, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. Miriam’s question wasn’t wrong– it was a good question about the way in which God was operating His kingdom on the earth. Deuteronomy 24:9 commands us to remember what Elohim did to Miriam in the way. 2) Miriam was punished because it was her that voiced the complaint. 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