Anyone God does not condemn no one should stand in judgement against the person. So it remains with Miriam, the senior sister of Moses, the Great. The grace of God came upon her at a very early age. She performed the role of vessel of honor unto to the Lord. She it was that carefully carried baby Moses to the riverside and hid him in the bush. She waited and watched until Pharoah’s daughter came to swim for relaxation in the river with her female palace aids. As soon as ‘the baby’ in the basket was handed over to the princess, the young Miriam came out from hiding. She with great intellect talked the princess into accepting a Hebrew caregiver who was in reality the biological mother. To this end, Miriam was a divine broker that God used as saving grace for Moses’ life in preparation for the ultimate release of the children of Israel from over four hundred years of bondage in Egypt.
Miriam and Aaron were expected to realize that they owed their divine duties to God and their brother who they were anointed to assist for the successful achievement of Moses’s mission of liberating his kith and kin. At such even from human angle, they ought to respect and not envy Moses as their leader. Even though, their brother did what was, contrary to their Hebrew tradition but, as servants God they ought to seek the face of the Lord first before judging him on their own.They both had access to divine knowledge but out of jealousy they complained against the anointed of God of their Fathers. Num. 12:1-16 captured the run of events: “Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he has married an Ethiopian woman”. So they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” The Lord heard them without Moses complaining about their jealousy.
The consequence was that the Lord struck Miriam with leprosy. Aaron did apologize for their sin and begged for forgiveness. Moses had to cry to the Lord in her behalf. Number 12: 13. “Please heal her Oh! God I pray.” God honored Moses’s prayer and Miriam spent seven days outside the camp before God cleansed her and enabled further continuation of their journey. God’s compassion came to play consequent upon repentance and his saving grace. From age to age deadly sins continue to cause great men and women of God to act against the decorum expected of them. There is an antedote in II Peter 5:18 “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour”