I realized today while reading the book of Micah that I’ve thought of Moses’ sister Miriam unjustly. Whenever I’ve thought of Miriam, I’ve thought of how she and Aaron rose up against Moses. However, when I read Micah 6:4, I realized that Miriam had been an important part of Moses’ ministry. 

I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.

Micah 6:4 (NIV)

Miriam was a prophet. 

Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing (emphasis added).

Exodus 15:20 (NIV)

This verse from Exodus also tells us that Miriam was a leader amongst the women: “all the women followed her.” We also get insight into Miriam’s role as a prophet from Numbers.

Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this.

Numbers 12:1-2 (NIV)

When the Israelites passed through the Red Sea, Moses and Miriam sang a song to the Lord. 

Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.”

Exodus 15:21 (NIV)

Of course, Miriam was afflicted with leprosy for rising up against Moses (Numbers 12:10). Still, she had been an important part of the ministry. 

The Bible is full of imperfect people like Miriam. When we read about these people and the things they did, both good and bad, we have choices. We can remember them for what they did wrong or right. However, I believe the thing to remember is that we are just like them. Sometimes we do the right thing, and sometimes we do the wrong thing. Thankfully, if we know Jesus in the pardon of our sins when God looks at us, he sees us completely perfect. 

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.