Maybe now she was content to be what God had called her to be—a leader of women, under Moses’ leadership. I think the more prominence we have, the more responsibility we have. She ministered to so many over the years, encouraged so many to keep moving forward. She has a godly influence. What else keeps us from doing the most wonderful thing in the world? What do we deduce about her characteristics, just from this little incident? Busy-ness in things that are not as important! Moses was the one who wrote the Word of God, and that’s a lot later. The minister of music and the minister to adults went to her house this morning to plan her funeral. 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. Do all speak in tongues? I’m sure all of us have experienced this! 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. 1. This didn’t happen in just a week. He said that the leadership needs to move in and help them! He wrote the first five books. A lot of us have this within our hearts, and I think this works both ways! 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. [No.] He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. This is 1 Corinthians 12, New Testament, verses 27-31: Now you are the body of Christ [he is saying this to all the Corinthians], and each one of you is a part of it. The only way they could get out of Egypt was to believe on the leader God sent to deliver them, and to follow him out—and that was Moses! So, anyone with leprosy had to go outside the camp and stay there until the leprosy left them. You see, that’s what we’re called to do! 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. Remember when Moses said, “Show me thy glory”? Don’t try saying, “God forbids marrying another race,” or, “One race is better than another.” There is no biblical support for that, and I think this is an excellent example to sort of scare us a little bit! They were influential. It’s telling yourself that it doesn’t matter what God’s Word says, that you are going to do your own thing. These must have been heady days! 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. By Scarlett Stough. 3.) I reveal myself to him in visions, It’s the first month of the fortieth year, and she dies. I need you, because I am a sinner, and I can’t control that. Pride? Starting right at verse 1, the word “if” in verse 1 really should be “since.” It’s that idea. It’s a very important area, girls, in our homes, and with our friends, and with our children. I don’t think all the prejudice is from whites to blacks, I think it’s reverse, as well. Consequently, he had to flee for his life at the age of forty to get away from Pharaoh. This has overtones of racial prejudice. Miriam is referenced in the Old Testament of the Bible as a prophetess and originally emerges in the Book of Exodus. Part of a "Women of the Bible" Bible Study Series. Related Scripture is listed at the top, then followed by relevant study questions. “Leprous”: In judgment of Miriam’s opposition to Moses, the Lord struck her with leprosy. MIRIAM. Just believe God and go on out and do it! That’s it! ), is the first of her order mentioned in the Word of God.While the Lord never ordained a woman to be priest, nor do we read of women as bishops or pastors in the New Testament, the vocation of "prophetess" is common to both dispensations. he has become my salvation. 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.. That is what it’s talking about! And the girl went and got the baby's mother. Familiar with the Bible This Bible Study can be used by an individual or a small group. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. How does he fulfill his function as High Priest here? Part I Miriam s Example. They are going to lose your support. This is an anthropomorphism. to the LORD for healing and mercy for Miriam. Are all apostles? While she is often overlooked, Miriam was the only person right by Moses’ side from birth to death. How does this incident illustrate Romans 13:1-2? What else? 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. They had to believe on the leader God sent them, and they had to follow him out, and he will do the very same thing for you. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Nothing could get them out of it, and for four hundred years they were born slaves in Egypt. 11. What has happened? How did Moses defend himself or his authority? Do you remember that he was one of those that held Moses’ arms up when he was praying over the battle with the Amalekites? These are all wonderful qualities, and she displays these at a very early age. Sensitive? Certainly, she was no longer on a pedestal! 12. Miriam was about fifty. 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]. You see, Moses’ credibility as a leader was at stake if this rebellion spread, and Moses wasn’t going to do anything about it. Read Hebrews 11:24-28. Gossip! 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. The Lord says, “Listen—even an earthly father, if he had, because of rebellion or very great disobedience, spit in the face of his child, she would be disgraced and humiliated publicly. Moses was a humble man. What is the significance of the way Aaron addresses Moses in vs. 11? According to the Hebrew Bible, Miriam was the older sister of Moses and Aaron. See also Colossians 3:18-4:1 and Hebrews 13:7, 17 and name the human authorities God has instituted. We need to begin to really see the responsibilities we have. Rebellion is against God, and this brings judgment! Miriam was a unique woman. We must be content with the influential role that God has given us within the framework he has instituted. I think she was mature for her age, don’t you? [You see, there was no Similac in those days! Now can you imagine what would happen if everybody in this room, in the area where they ministered, in their church or in their home, had this attitude? I think Miriam rallied the women—put starch in their spines—encouraged them. [You know, this is something for us to learn from. The Bible says that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. ... Foundation for a study. “I’ve gotta find myself! Right! If you know women in your church that have a “thing” between them, and they are just going on, help them! They are going to lose your friendship. There were some they were not to marry. 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. Miriam has some sober lessons to teach us. and summoned Aaron and Miriam. [We don’t know what Moses saw. document.write('Contact Us | '); Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. Every home was mourning the death of a firstborn. “Thank you for the health of my children! But, something happened to change Miriam--the protective sister, the prophetess who led the women and supported her brother—into his rival. Miriam was the daughter of Amram, the leader of the Israelites in ancient Egypt, and of Jochebed and the sister of Aaron and Moses. The LORD is my strength and my song; Why should Moses have the final word? Short answer versus long writing assignments makes this study fun and not overwhelming. 1. Describe what we can deduce about Miriam, Moses’ sister, from this incident. She first appears by name, however, in the crossing of the Red Sea (Exod 15:20–21). he sees the form of the LORD. 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. 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. Thank you for a country that is free!” Or, do we just say, “Thank you”? See, such foolishness! Compare Mark 14:3-9 and note the similarities in Jesus’ defense of Mary. It is an integral part of the church program. He’ll prove it to you when about the second word he ever learns is, “No!” See? James 3:9-10 goes on to say: With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men [“Curse” means “to speak evil of.” It doesn’t mean just “to say swear words to.” It means “to speak evil of.”], who have been made in God's likeness. It must have been very wonderful for Miriam to know that she was involved in saving her baby brother’s life. They followed her. He did it all. Standing on the banks of the Nile river, Miriam watched as her baby brother, Moses, lay hidden among the reeds. For those of you who are interested, I am reading from the New International Version. That doesn’t mean I’ve been perfect—but almost! The reading passages are divided into manageable and content appropriate chunks. There were Deborah, Huldah, Anna in the New Testament, and Philip’s four daughters. Whenever there is anything that the senses can perceive in the Old Testament, it is always the Son who reveals the Father. Privacy Policy | The children are Miriam, Aaron, and Moses. Are all teachers? In fact, he says that in Micah 6:4. Now, tell me why else you do not serve him. Miriam is the elder sister of Aaron and Moses. I deal with him differently. Who were the Cushites? 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? Frustrated? That is an unbelievable judgment! “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he [or she] who holds his tongue is wise.”. If we let go, we think we have lost control. Have you ever had to just let the Lord defend you or vindicate you? Bible Study: Advent 4 (B) - December 20, 2020. I say right out that what they did is totally wrong; it is unbiblical; it is ungodly; it is unchristlike, it is a lust for money; it is all the rest of it, and don’t defend it. by Dina Coopersmith. They not only foretold, but they gave forth new revelation. I wonder what she was doing in the six-month period that this whole contest was going on! But, we do talk so much more, and that’s why the danger is more! Miriam had been very important all those years. Why was this necessary? There is also a very similar Egyptian name, based on the word myr, meaning beloved or mr meaning love. Read Exodus 2:1-10. Maybe he would be the one to deliver Israel from Egypt! 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. Miriam the prophetess Miriam was with Moses throughout the nine plagues. This is why it doesn’t upset me too much when people like the Bakers are exposed publicly. Numbers 12:5-8: Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the Tent [He’s not resting over it. Therefore, rebellion is against God. “The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them. It means wished for child, or perhaps even a quite different meaning, which is bitter or rebellious. So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back. That’s what I’m going to do.” But, you, see, you can’t have the Spirit of God unless you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. But you must do what the Israelites did. Miriam was there when God opened a path to the sea, and that whole army of people walked over on dry ground. Do all have gifts of healing? 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. See? She heard the awesome voice of God as he thundered from Mount Sinai and gave them his Law. What does Numbers 20:1 (38 years later) indicate about her? The Israelites were born in Egypt into slavery. If it doesn’t happen, he is not a prophet of the Lord, and the Lord didn’t send him. He said that these women were critical workers for the gospel. You see, instead of being thankful for the influence that God had given her, she wanted more power, more authority, and sometimes when that happens, we lose our influence. In fact, she would be just a figure of pity and revulsion as she would have to cover her mouth and call out, “Unclean! Isn’t that interesting? Fear of ridicule! The Torah refers to her as "Miriam the Prophetess" and the Talmud names her as one of the seven major female prophets of Israel. 2. This is our theme. Is she the instigator? The most productive, fruitful, exciting life you can live is one in which you know God is working through you to reach other people for himself, no matter what channel he uses. That’s why Jesus came! The Scripture says that. Can you imagine, if this were our attitude as is lined up for us in Philippians, what a difference it would make in our home, in our church, in our community organizations? What was it? The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. Do you hear that? From Exodus 6:20 and Numbers 26:59, we get additional information about Miriam’s family. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. Rebellion is against God. He went back to Egypt, and told his people that God had sent him to deliver them from Egypt. I had a friend who took her courage in her hands, and she said to me one day that she didn’t think I handled him very well, and that I shouldn’t say the things I did. Bible Study Guide: Miriam, Leader and Prophetess. Describe what we can deduce about Miriam, Moses’ sister, from this incident. We need to make a little distinction. 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. [The answer in the Greek demands a “no” because it is preceded by a negative. She was the one who started this. He had ordered that all boy babies be drowned in the Nile, and her mother was pregnant! Read Exodus 2:1-10. Miriam knew what it was to experience hope and despair, terror and deliverance, slavery and freedom, unimportance and prominence. I’m always interested to know how long it takes a widower to marry! "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said. It’s either good or bad, or in between! They really ought to be equal! Women in the Bible #6: Miriam. Did her position go to her head? 8. It’s anywhere from about two months to you-name-it! Miriam, the prophetess, the sister of Aaron (Exd 15:20. Think of all she witnessed and was part of: she helped her mother save Moses from death, she saw his rise to power in the family of the pharaoh, and then lost him for years as he ran into the wilderness to meet God. Exodus 15:20 | View whole chapter | See verse in context 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. When Jesus Christ came to earth, he didn’t come just to teach and to be a wonderful example, he came to give his life as a ransom for many! 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. 2. A study of the life of Miriam is a study of decades of history and major events in the life of the Hebrew nation. She will not even have contact with human beings. Every authority is established by God. Who was Miriam in the Bible? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back." God saved his life in a miraculous way. The gift of prophecy today is the ability to proclaim God’s Word with authority and power, and the gift is given to women, as well as men. I wonder how she felt during those years when he was gone. Then they re-diagnosed it, and it’s Lou Gehrig’s disease. [The word “Moses” has the sense of “draw out” in the Hebrew language.]. They are going to lose your companionship. A “she-prophet”? We can’t be good to make up for the bad. That’s what a prophet did. Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow [he’s asking one of the leaders of the church there], help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. God said, “I cannot show you my glory, lest you die, but I will cover you and then my backside will pass by.” This is another one of those theophanies, where Christ appeared before his incarnation in visible form. I want you to notice the word that is used to describe her. It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out that she had a proprietary interest in Moses all the rest of his life—even when he left home to live in the palace. The baby was due anytime. Bible Questions Answered ... Bible Study Tools Online Lessons Peace & Happiness Marriage & Family Teenagers Children Faith in God ... Download this Bible character card and learn about Miriam, the older sister of Moses and Aaron. It’s because none of us can control the tongue apart from the power of the Spirit of God, who does it for us. Self! What did Miriam and Aaron want to change? 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. Disappointed? What’s a prophet? | I think she was a support to her brothers. Let’s look at the kind of attitude we must have if we are going to get on in our relationships. I wonder if she resented the way Moses handled some things. At the very least, it indicated contempt for Moses’ choice of a wife. ‘Hasn't he also spoken through us?’" The pitch is for equality. I also think it’s a very good example of the terrible irony of God. To whom did they talk? [No.] We could be ready for heaven. Don’t forget that Aaron did his share! Look at Numbers 12:9-10. Chapters 13 and 14). “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.” He wasn’t going to defend himself, but there was someone who would defend him. There is a sense in which this is right, because it’s an exposure that I think God allows. Unclean!” when anyone got even within hearing distance. Moses said, “The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.”]. 1. But we must be honest and forthright, and when someone says something, I don’t defend them. Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. (The other Prophetess’ are: Sarah, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, and Esther and Huldah). 4.) clearly and not in riddles; Digging into the Bible 3. Getting Better Acquainted with the Bible 2. I’m going to read and will you follow? You’ve got a great big log in your eye! 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). What else? Who were Miriam's two brothers? And you can’t be freed from bondage to sin apart from him. Each Bible study includes word checks with definitions to aid in understanding and relevant and thoughtful questions throughout. Apparently his first wife, Zipporah, whom he had married forty-two years before, was dead. She was very influential, and she was held accountable by God for that influence. Miriam’s problem is one that I think is very easy for women to fall into, and it’s one we have to be alert to guard against. Busy-ness! God’s woman is a unique creation, responsible to God, to love him, to serve him, to obey him, and influential in her sphere. These short topical lessons work well for small group meetings in your home. Everybody knew that! teacher and student may recognize the Period of Bible History and the characters who lived at that time. You can take the Lord Jesus as your Savior right where you are sitting, by saying, “Lord, I really understand that when you came, you died for me. People in those days lived a lot longer, so don’t get worried about this! What other kind? Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother's womb with its flesh half eaten away. The cloud comes down, see? That’s OK. Just don’t make those preferences biblical! But this is not true of my servant Moses; Now what is it that keeps us from doing that? That’s not true. The incident that we are going to read about in Exodus 2, and I wish you would turn there, doesn’t give us her name and doesn’t give us her age. You just really are not into that very much. She was also a prophetess in her own right. We can have access to God. When the Scripture was complete, there was no need for further revelation. There’s no vision or riddle, or anything to confuse it. She encouraged them. I think you need to read it, though, to see the way their praise totally magnified the Lord. Aaron Jochebed Amram Eleazar. I want you to understand that Miriam was God’s gift to the people of Israel. Numbers 12:1-16. 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. What are the things that keep you from actively serving God in some area specifically? He would just tick me off, and I would scream and say all kinds of things. Do you think there was a loss of influence? Moses was forty. She lost influence by making a play for power. We need to be careful about that! Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. She wanted more power, more influence, and more prominence. And Israel left. She opened it and saw the baby. [No.] Prophetess! What do you think was the effect of Miriam’s banishment from the camp on her? She can no longer talk. How can you judge anybody?” Do you see? document.write('Christian Holidays | '); My own questions that I used in teaching about Miriam … Answer: Miriam in the Bible is Moses’ older sister. No one signed up to be a slave. Numbers 12:10 "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." It tells us that in Exodus 35. 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. Now God’s swift and terrible discipline falls. I think she was unselfish. Do all work miracles? he is faithful in all my house. Now that does not happen anymore. He says, “I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. 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? Bitter? Why was she an important support for Moses? The women were very important in the finishing of that project. What he’s talking about is the person who is always looking at somebody to find little flaws. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. The sin had been a public violation of trust, all in the name of the Lord. 3 Different Levels Included: 1. Who Was Miriam’s Mother? It was something you could see! Are you serving him wholeheartedly, just where you are, whatever your calling? We are first introduced to Miriam, though not by name, in Exodus 2. Look at the end of verse 8:] 1.) It was God’s time to deliver Israel, and he had just the man! A prophetess A seer A harlot A gypsy. What else? 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. You know how hard it is when you think, “Why doesn’t he do something?” You know? Exodus 15:1-2: "I will sing to the LORD, Laziness? I think we have to recognize that whatever covering God has given us, inside we are all alike. She came from the land of Cush, which was around Ethiopia. What attitudes should we have as leaders and as those under the leadership of others? Now what was it that Miriam wanted? Why did Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses? Embarrassed? 6. If there was anything to know about Moses Miriam knew it. Miriam was there when this vast number of people came to the impassable barrier of the Red Sea. To each other first, and then it began to spread—and I’m sure they didn’t talk to Moses! 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