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11/06/2022 03:00 - 12/06/2022 02:00

"but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ"  - Ephesians 4:15 (NIV). 

It is said when Moses's parents decided to save him from slaughter by placing him in a boat of reeds that sailed away to his rescue, "His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him" (Exodus 2:4). Many believe that sister to be Miriam- who would later grow into a prophetess in her right, leading the women from slavery, as Moses led the wider nation.

Perhaps because she was a big sister Miriam could not bear when Moses made certain decisions without taking her into confidence. One involved Moses taking on a wife from the Cushites, an enemy tribe. She camped with her brother Aaron and the two whispered harshly against Moses."Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.  (Numbers 12: 1).

It was not just about marriage but they went as far as to grumble, "Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” (vv 2). All clearly shows there were deeper issues. "And the Lord heard this " (vv 2).

The rebuke from the Lord was instant. "Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? ”The anger of the Lord burned against them, and he left them. When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous it became as white as snow (vv 8-12).

Miriam's slip (together with Aaron) was to fail to observe that as leaders they could of course have not engaged in this bad mouthing a leader but found a way to express their concerns to Moses in person. The simple lesson here is that certain concerns by any of us are better expressed directly to the one involved, than through the back door.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that you help me use my office well to bring honour and not disgrace, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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