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Title: Moses: A Study in Humility Numbers 12:116


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Moses A Study in HumilityNumbers 121-16
  • Forest Hills Bible Chapel
  • 9 September 2007

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Word Association
  • When I think of Moses, I think of

3
Numbers 121-16
  • 12 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses
    because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a
    Cushite. 2 Has the Lord spoken only through
    Moses? they asked. Hasnt he also spoken
    through us? And the Lord heard this. 3 (Now
    Moses was a very humble man, more humble than
    anyone else on the face of the earth.)

4
Numbers 121-16
  • 4 At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron and
    Miriam, Come out to the Tent of Meeting, all
    three of you. So the three of them came out. 5
    Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud he
    stood at the entrance to the Tent and summoned
    Aaron and Miriam. When both of them stepped
    forward, 6 he said, Listen to my words

5
Numbers 121-16
  • When a prophet of the Lord is among you,
  • I reveal myself to him in visions,
  • I speak to him in dreams.
  • 7 But this is not true of my servant Moses
  • he is faithful in all my house.
  • 8 With him I speak face to face, clearly and not
    in riddles
  • he sees the form of the Lord.
  • Why then were you not afraid
  • to speak against my servant Moses?

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Numbers 121-16
  • 9 The anger of the Lord burned against them, and
    he left them. 10 When the cloud lifted from above
    the Tent, there stood Miriamleprous, like snow.
    Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had
    leprosy 11 and he said to Moses, Please, my
    lord, do not hold against us the sin we have so
    foolishly committed. 12 Do not let her be like a
    stillborn infant coming from its mothers womb
    with its flesh half eaten away.

7
Numbers 121-16
  • 13 So Moses cried out to the Lord, O God, please
    heal her! 14 The Lord replied to Moses, If her
    father had spit in her face, would she not have
    been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her
    outside the camp for seven days after that she
    can be brought back. 15 So Miriam was confined
    outside the camp for seven days, and the people
    did not move on till she was brought back. 16
    After that, the people left Hazeroth and encamped
    in the Desert of Paran.

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Moses and Humility
  • Moses was not always humble and this seriously
    affected his ability to minister to the people of
    Israel.
  • Exodus 211-23
  • As a result of this experience, Moses received a
    nearly debilitating dose of humility!
  • Exodus 311, 13 41, 10, 13.

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Moses and Humility
  • Moses was criticized by those closest to him
    Numbers 121.
  • The criticism was based on cruel accusations, and
    on petty jealousy 121.
  • More than likely, Aaron and Miriam were jealous
    of Moses being used by God the complaint about
    his wife was probably just hollow criticism.

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Moses and Humility
  • Moses criticism came from his own family.
  • Moses did not defend himself. Instead, he relied
    on God to resolve the situation. 124-9
  • There came a time when Moses enemies
    desperately needed his aid. 1210-12
  • Moses prayed sincerely for those who had opposed
    him. 1213
  • Miriams disobedience, punishment, and time of
    uncleanness, slowed down the forward progress of
    Gods people. 1214-16

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How do We Acquire Humility?
  • if my people, who are called by my name, will
    humble themselves and pray and seek my face and
    turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear
    from heaven and will forgive their sin and will
    heal their land.
  • - 2 Chronicles 714

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How do We Acquire Humility?
  • Then he continued, Do not be afraid, Daniel.
    Since the first day that you set your mind to
    gain understanding and to humble yourself before
    your God, your words were heard, and I have come
    in response to them.
  • - Daniel 1012

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How do We Acquire Humility?
  • Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will
    lift you up.
  • - James 410
  • 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under Gods
    mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
    7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares
    for you. 1 Peter 56-7
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