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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Numbers 12

Verses 1-16

A third manifestation of discontent and rebellion arose among individuals and leaders. The marriage of Moses to a Cushite woman was the occasion of the revelation of an element of jealousy in the hearts of Miriam and Aaron. They resented the exercise of Moses' authority, evidently desiring to share it with him in greater degree.

Once more the story illustrates a principle. If there be hidden evil, circumstances will sooner or later occur in which it will be outwardly manifest.

The divine method of dealing with this outbreak was stern and majestic. The offenders were summoned to appear before Jehovah and in plainest terms He vindicated His servant. Evidently the chief blame attached to Miriam, Aaron being here, as constantly, weak and easily influenced. The stroke fell upon her. After seven days she was restored. God is ever ready to pardon. Nevertheless, the warning was solemn and severe, showing that rebellion of the leaders of the nation could not be tolerated.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Numbers 12". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". 1857-84.