Blacks in the Bible, Did You Know That Moses Married a Black Woman?
by Melineze Hite
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Blacks in the Bible:
Did You Know that Moses (Who Told Pharaoh,
"Let My People Go!") Married a Black Woman?
( Read Numbers 12:1-15 from the Holy Bible.
See my comments at the end of your reading of the scriptures.)
1And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
2And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.
3(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
4And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
5And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
6And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
7My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
8With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
9And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.
10And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.
11And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.
12Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb.
13And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.
14And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.
15And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.
Have you ever felt jealous of someone? Jealousy is a terrible thing. Thou shalt not covet. We read this from the Holy Bible. We should not covet thy neighbor's house, wife, husband, etc.
What were Aaron and Miriam thinking? How could they be jealous of God's anointed, their own biological brother and brother in the Lord?
Let's face it!They were jealous of his great anointing! Maybe, they thought he was too powerful. Clearly, the people loved him and worshipped his holiness and his power in the Lord. The Lord spoke to Moses. What about to Aaron and Miriam? Did they not speak to the Lord also? Of course, they did. However, the Lord chose to speak to many of his servants in dreams and visions. He chose to speak to his servant, Moses,( whom He drew out of the water as a child ), face to face. This was certainly His perogative! He is God! Miriam and Aaron should not question God! What caused this contempt and speaking out against Moses? Didn't they know that Moses was the leader of the Jews who successfully walked straight out of bondage under Egypt's Pharaoh and walked through the Red Sea with all of his people because of his faith and obedience in God? There was this matter of 10 plagues also.
Miriam and Aaron sinned foolishly and spoke against this powerful man of God, because he had married a black woman. They were prejudiced. Moses' choice was not a Jew. Why couldn't he have found a nice, Jewish girl? Why did he decide to go outside of his race? Listen, Moses fell in love with a good, clever woman who loved him and submitted herself to her husband. Aided by Jehovah, this mighty man of God commanded that Pharaoh let the Jewish people go. Because Pharaoh had a hardened heart,( given to him by God), the Lord cursed the Egyptians and Pharaoh with a plague of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, a plague against the livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and finally that all firstborn sons would die in every family in Egypt. When Moses ran away from Egypt (after killing an Egyptian who had killed a Hebrew), he ran away to the land of Midian. There he met seven daughters of Jethro, the priest of Midian, who gave his daughter, Zipporah, to Moses to wed. Together they bore Gershom, their son, who was a black Jew. They also had another son.
Well, because of this offense against Moses, God punished Miriam with leprosy. Aaron begged for forgiveness for their sin to Moses, and Moses begged God to heal Miriam's leprosy. Miriam became white as snow with this dreaded disease.
Fitting..... they made fun of the blackness as the night of Zipporah's skin. God laughs at the wickedness of men and women, for he knows their day is coming. God then heard the cries of Moses and banished Miriam from the camp for seven days to be healed of leprosy. She returned well after the seven days.
God will deal with those who speak against his anointed.
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