“Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses” … “they said” …
We are familiar with the story in Numbers 12. Aaron and Miriam get jealous of Moses’ supreme authority and begin to talk about him and question him. God Himself calls a timeout for them, and gathers the 3 together.
“Why then were you [God is speaking directly to Miriam and Aaron, whom He’d called forward] not afraid to speak against my servant Moses”? And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and he departed. When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow.”
So … here’s my question.
Miriam and Aaron were both clearly in the wrong. God’s anger was kindled towards them both. Yet, Miriam is the only one who got leprosy and was kicked out of the camp for seven days.
Why not Miriam and Aaron? Was it because she was a woman? Did she do something worse? Seems like it’s not fair; yet, God is a just God. So clearly, fairness is not an issue. I’ve read this story for years and never stopped to ponder this.
What do you think?
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