Numbers 12 – 13

Numbers 12

Moses marries an Ethiopian [black] woman. This is an allegory that people will be called out from all nations to be a part of the bride of the Mediator of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ.

Numbers 12:1 And Miriam [English: Mary] and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

Moses was the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant, and as such was a representation of Jesus Christ the Mediator of the New Covenant, who’s bride will include people from all nations.

12:2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

In this, Miriam and Aaron exalted themselves over the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant; just like many leaders and groups in today’s Ekklesia exalt themselves over the Mediator of the New Covenant, to turn the brethren away from zeal to live by every Word of God towards exalting men, corporate churches and the false traditions of men.

God heard Miriam and Aaron and God judged Miriam

12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) 12:4 And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

The God who later gave up his God-hood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ called Miriam and Aaron and spoke to them out of a cloud

12:5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. 12:7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? 12:9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.

At the correction of Christ, Miriam and Aaron repented of their rebellion against the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant

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. 12:11 And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned. 12:12 Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother’s womb.

Moses, the aggrieved person, cried out in complete forgiveness for the afflicted and repentant Miriam

12:13 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.

Christ forgives but maintains the correction for seven days.  Even so the repentant often have to continue to suffer for their sins for a time so as to learn not to sin any more. 

12:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again. 12:15 And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.

12:16 And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.


Numbers 13

At the border of the physical promised land God commanded Moses to send a man from each tribe to spy out the land.  Consider: there was no need for such a mission, for God could direct their path. This mission was a test of faith for the people.

Numbers 13:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 13:2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.

13:3 And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel.

The names of these leading men were:

13:4 And these were their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.

13:5 Of the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori.

13:6 Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

13:7 Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.

13:8 Of the tribe of Ephraim, Oshea [Joshua] the son of Nun.

13:9 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu.

13:10 Of the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi.

13:11 Of the tribe of Joseph, namely, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi.

13:12 Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.

13:13 Of the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael.

13:14 Of the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi.

13:15 Of the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi.

13:16 These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land.

And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua. [Joshua; this is KJV spelling, the name is the same as the name Yeshua, or Jesus: meaning Salvation]

Moses gives them their mission

13:17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain: 13:18 And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; 13:19 And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds; 13:20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

13:21 So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath. 13:22 And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

13:23 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. 13:24 The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.

They covered a vast area for being on foot, and returned only after 40 days

13:25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

13:26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

The report of the twelve

13:27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. 13:28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. 13:29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

How like physical Israel we are today!  We see the wonders of the spiritual Promised Land of eternity, yet we lack the faith and the moral courage to stand steadfast to trust and live by every Word of God!

While they were too afraid of men to enter the land; we are also afraid of what men can do and therefore we are afraid to zealously live by every Word of God; which is the KEY to entering eternity! 

Satan uses our fears and deceives us into believing in a false “no pain” entry into eternal life; perverting grace as a license to compromise and to remain in sin through repenting in name only (see the book of Jude)!

Then Caleb [of Judah] stood strong and full of faith in the promises and power of God.

Where are the Joshua’s and Caleb’s today?  Where are the men of faith and courage, who dare to stand up and be counted; who dare to openly rebuke sin and to teach passionate zeal to follow Jesus Christ and to live by every Word of God?

Where are those who have the faith and courage to take a stand for God’s Word and to stand fast and unmovable on the foundation of the Prophets, Apostles and Jesus Christ the Cornerstone of Salvation?

13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Of course Israel was not able to overcome these things on their own if they forgot to faithfully follow their Mighty God, who is well able to deliver the victory over all opposition and to give them the land of the birthright of the promise to their forefathers.

Even so, today’s Spiritual Ekklesia lacks faith in our Mighty One and his power to lead us and deliver us from our trials, and we therefore lack courage and faith to go forward, trusting on our God to deliver us.   Just like those ancient people, we compromise with God’s Word, and reject living by every Word of God.

We fear men, and because we fear men and lust after the pleasures of sin [spiritual Egypt]; we back off on our commitment to our espoused Husband!  Just as they lost their chance to enter the physical promised land; we are losing our opportunity to enter that spiritual Promised Land of eternity by making idols of men and polluting God’s Sabbaths!

13:31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

13:32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers [tiny men like insects in comparison to them], and so we were in their sight.

Hebrews 3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

3:8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 3:9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from [following the whole Word of] the living God.

Did Paul say that we are to hide away our light of sound doctrine and zeal for God’s Word and tolerate evil to have some kind of false organizational unity?  Is that the lesson God teaches concerning Israel and the spies? 

NO, we are to encourage one another daily lest anyone be deceived by false doctrine and led into the deceitfulness of tolerating and committing sin.

3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

We are to remain in Christ and to live as Christ lived, without sin: and if we do so, we will surely face opposition and the temptation to sin.  Nevertheless we must remain steadfast in growing and living by every Word of God.

3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

We are NOT to lust after worldliness nor are we to turn away from our calling to return to the bondage of spiritual Egypt [bondage to Satan and sin].  We are to live as Christ lived and to remain steadfast in learning and living by every Word of God with passionate zeal, turning neither to the left nor to the right.

3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.  3:16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

Just as Christ was grieved with the faithless in physical Israel who lusted after the pleasures of Egypt, and grumbled over difficulties;  So he is grieved with all those of the New Covenant who are faithless and grumble over difficulties, desiring the pleasures of worldliness and the easy way more than we are zealous for our God.

3:17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?  3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Just as those ancient folks could not enter into the physical promised land because of fear and unbelief; we also will NOT enter into the Promised Land of eternal life if we fear men and do not believe that God is able to deliver us from all our trials.

If we depart from a zeal to live by every Word of God to try and alleviate our trials by compromising with our zeal and obedience to God our Father and our espoused Husband; we CANNOT enter into the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life!


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