Day Seven – Everybody suffers

Today’s Scripture: Numbers 12:15; Leviticus 13:1-6

The book of Leviticus contains God’s detailed instructions to the priests and Levites and how they were to minister to the people, including specifics of dealing with diseases and other maladies. These poor priests were not only spiritual leaders—they had to diagnose skin rashes and sores.

Miriam’s leprosy is the first recorded case after the Lord gave instructions to the priests in Leviticus 13. As directed, Aaron and Moses confined her outside the camp for seven days. The entire population was forced to wait as she sat in isolated disgrace. Sadly, nothing more is mentioned about Miriam until her death and burial in the desert.

This is a sobering story that highlights the effects our behavior can have on others. One inappropriate whisper to another person will eventually be heard by many. How much better things would have turned out if Miriam and Aaron had kept their criticism contained and let the Lord handle the situation. Let’s not make the same mistake. God does a much better job handling our challenges, and we won’t have to suffer unnecessary consequences. Another lesson learned.

  • If someone needs to be confronted, what can you do to keep from criticizing so the Lord can work?
  • How will your relationship with the Lord be different after this week’s quest?


Please post your thoughts, insights, and questions.