What Witness Follows You?

“And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.” Ex. 2:4.

Yes, this week’s journey is through Numbers, but God chose this nameless child of the yet nameless baby to play a part in Israel’s history, and her story starts in Exodus. Her brother Aaron would be Moses’ mouth to Pharaoh and Miriam would be the woman behind the man…most of the time. They were the trio of God to the fledgling nation of Israel.

“For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants: and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.” Micah 6:4.

Miriam, like all of us, has an example to follow and a failure to flee. Scripture introduces her standing by the river, out of sight but watching over her baby brother who was doomed under Pharaoh’s edict to murder the baby boys. We don’t’ know how long she watched and waited. We do know she stayed until her brother was back safe in his mother’s arms and free from Pharaoh’s threat.blog miriam thSZMN0YO5

“His lord said unto him,Well done, thou good and faithful servant: Thou has been faithful over a few things,I will make thee ruler over many things: Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”Matt. 25:21

The next time Miriam comes on scripture’s stage, approximately eighty years have come and gone. Israel has passed through the Red Sea, Moses sang the Lord’s victory song, and Miriam leads the women in worship.

“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. 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.” Ex. 15:20,21.

This scripture reveals the call of the Lord on Miriam to speak His message. This passage indicates to the women, as she freely exalts the Lord in worship. And as an older woman she is faithfully leading the younger women.

Image result for printable depictions of miriam dancing at the red sea“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Ps.107:15.“The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands that the word of God be not blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5.


It’s only been a little more than a year since Miriam joined in the victory song, when scripture shows a root of bitterness planted in Miriam’s heart.

“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married…And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.” Numb. 12:1,2.

I want to make excuses for Miriam. She is surrounded by a multitude of grumbling. She is getting up there in years. But there is no excuse that satisfies the Lord.

“…wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? Num. 12:8

 The promised land loomed ahead ready for the taking but for Miriam it would be a distant dream she could not know, for sin had entered her heart.

Bitterness: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” Heb. 12:13,14.

Jealousy & Self exaltation : “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another…For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work…Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (Gal. 5:26; James 3:16; James 4:10).

Disobedience: “Let no main deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” Eph. 5:6,7).

“And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them: and he departed.” Numb. 12:9.

Sin reaped its harvest in Miriam. “…and behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow…”

Sin breaks fellowship with the Father and other believers: “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1John 1:6,7.

Sin brings shame: “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.” Prov. 29:23.

Sin brings the Lord’s chastisement: “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD hath chastened me sore; but he hath not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.” Ps. 118:17-20.

The Lord opens the gates of righteousness, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1John 1:9.

 The good news, the Lord restored Miriam after seven days of separation. The bad news, for seven days the people did not journey towards their promise. And finally we see in chapter 20, Miriam dies without entering the abundance of the promised land.

She left us with many good lessons to follow, including a hard lesson to encourage us to flee sin.

“He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings…But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1Tim. 6:4,11,12.

For Comment: What do you admire most about Miriam?  What woman in scripture do you identify with? What woman in your life has served as a good witness of a godly woman?



How Do You Smell?

“…Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.” Gen. 6:9.

Thank you for the response to my new series, Walking With Jesus To Eternity. If you have missed a post, we just started and you can learn more about it from Monday’s post, A New Series and catch up with yesterday’s post, A Voice for God. Now back to today’s, How Do You Smell?


pexels-photo-67103.jpegWalking through the house, I notice an unsavory odor. Actually, it stinks of rot. I roll my eyes as I stick my hand in the potato sack. Yuck! I find a rotten potato when I accidentally stick my finger into it and its odorous juice runs into my hand. It’s almost impossible to wash the smell off, and throwing it out makes it explode wherever it lands. Is this what the Lord smelled when He looked on the earth in the days of Noah?

“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt: for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” Gen. 6:11,12.

Corrupt…Decay, destroy, mar, decaying morally through killing, wounding, acting perversely, wickedness…

The world then:

“…behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.” Gen. 6:17.

The world later in Israel’s history:

“Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Your country is desolate…Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant.” Isa. 1:4-7,9.

The world now:

“Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” 2Pet. 3:6,7.

Creation, in the first days, rose before God as a sweet smell of goodness. The fruit of His labor was ripe with His goodness, until a virus crept in and began its decay. Approximately 1600 years later, like a rotten potato splattering across the earth spewing out its stench, the earth revolted vomiting out the corruption.

God grieved over his creation. It pained Him to bring judgment against the creation He loved. Among the stench one man’s righteousness reached the heavens, a sweet smell of God’s mercy and grace.

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD…Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” Gen. 6:8-10.

Another translation renders just as righteous.

  • What rendered Noah righteous before God?

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Heb. 11:7.

The same faith that accounted to Noah’s righteousness, seen in his obedience, accounts for ours today.

“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:” Rom. 3:22.

  • What rendered Noah perfect?

Noah was without blame, completing all God gave him to do, proving his faith. “Thus did Noah: according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” Gen. 6:22. This accolade is repeated three times in Gen. 7:5,9,16. Keep in mind Noah was perfect, not sinless.

God used one righteous man in a world of corruption to save His creation. He would not and will not destroy the righteous with the wicked. Can one righteous person make a difference in this corrupt world? Yes, even if it is only to a few.

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“…the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”1Pet. 3:20.

The water that cleansed the earth of it putrid corruption also saved the righteous. “And Noah walked with God.”

What question would you like to ask Noah? What impresses you most about his walk with God? How would you explain to another what it means to walk with God?

And finally, how are you smelling today?