Numbers 12:1-2 – Finger Pointing

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Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. And they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it. (Numbers 12:1-2 ESV)

Have you ever heard that when you point at someone you have three fingers pointing back at you? Generally speaking, we ensure others understand this euphemism very well when they attempt to point out our flaws in order to make themselves look better. Essentially, we simply point back at them! Moses was dealing with this very issue as he was leading the Israelites through the wilderness. Miriam and Aaron were pointing to what they considered a sin or flaw in Moses’ life in order that the people would look to them as leaders rather than Moses.

He could have easily pushed back toward them, pointing an accusing finger at their flaws and prove himself the right leader for the job. But, he didn’t. Instead he did two things we can imitate when we find ourselves in similar situations:

  1. He didn’t respond, rather he let God answer for him (Numbers 12:3-4). Instead of defending himself and demeaning his accusers, he let God handle it.
  2. He prayed for his accusers (Numbers 12:13). Instead of brooding over their finger pointing and cultivating a bitter spirit toward them, he prayed that they would be better.

It can often be easier to fight back at those who point out issues/problems in our lives in order to make themselves feel better. In reality, we are just as guilty as them when we point back. We can learn much from the humble attitude of Moses in dealing with those who are finger pointers.

Remember Moses and his actions as you encounter “finger pointers” in your own life.

Mark 10:42-45 – Change The World From The Bottom Up

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And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45 ESV)

Just before Jesus had spoken these powerful words, James and John requested they be able to sit at Jesus’ side in Heaven, one at his right, one at his left (Mark 10:37). These were positions of power. Jesus then responded that even he, the “Son of Man”, had come to serve rather than be served. Jesus explains here that as Christians we don’t truly change the hearts and minds of the world by man’s authority or power, but through the God-honoring serving of others. There is constant talk that America simply needs more Christian politicians to turn the nation back to God, and the furthering of the idea that change only occurs from the top down. In essence, the most powerful make rules and the people within their sphere of leadership change accordingly.

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Daniel 1:8 – Favor of God

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But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.
(Daniel 1:8 ESV)

There are two things we can learn from Daniel’s response to the king’s decree that they eat a certain food and drink wine (Daniel 1:5). First, we learn that Daniel remained faithful to God when it seemed as though God was not faithful to him. Daniel  just had his home destroyed by the king of Babylon and was subsequently taken into captivity (Daniel 1:1-4). To many of us it may seem as though God had not taken care of Daniel and his fellow Israelites. Even though it appeared that way from a human perspective, Daniel stayed faithful to God and his commandments; even when it came to food. [Read more…]