3/3/2018 — Numbers Chapters 18-20
Chapter 20 contains three episodes of what I consider times of human sadness:
1. In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried
12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them
26 Remove Aaron’s garments and put them on his son Eleazar, for Aaron will be gathered to his people; he will die there.”
We see the physical deaths of Miriam and Aaron. Less we forget Miriam was Moses and Aaron’s sister and very well may have been the sister that was watching over the infant Moses when he was found in the river by Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2.) She has been with Moses from the beginning of the wilderness wanderings.
Aaron was more than just Moses’s brother — he was his companion and had incurred the trials the Israelites had placed on Moses during their numerous rebellions. He, too, had walked through the wilderness from the beginning.
While not recorded in scripture I can only envision the emotional turmoil Moses must have felt at the death of these two relatives and companions.
But to me even more devastating would have been to have heard God tell me — you will not enter the Land I give them. Moses is a hero of faith and spoke directly to God. Yet, even he was held fully accountable by the Lord for his actions.
We must reflect — if this reality applied to Moses it certainly applies to us as we daily consider our walk with God.