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Women in the Life of Moses

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Spiritual Significance of Women in the Life of Moses

(This was a 2-part study, combined into one written study)

We will look at four women in the life of Moses. Women represent the church in type and shadow and looking through spiritual eyes, we learn much about the mindset of Moses, the well-favoured of God. Moses was and is faithful in his house, but he is not the Son. In this study we will see that the mindset of Moses as ordained by the Lord, is a mindset we have to move beyond to be found in Christ. With that being said, let us look at the women in the life of Moses.

Exo 33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace [H2580, well favoured] in my sight, and I know thee by name.

Heb 3:2  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Heb 3:3  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Heb 3:4  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Heb 3:5  And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 3:6  But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Moses

For those with eyes to see, we see a pattern being played out in Scriptures which shows the is, was and will be nature of Christ. From before Moses was born, God, the Father, through Christ, has set into motion the things which would call Moses into a life of which he had not chosen and to which he would ultimately be used to save many people alive. This servant is chosen from a very particular tribe for a very specific purpose for His people. We are being set apart from our mother’s womb.

Exo 2:1  And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
Exo 2:2  And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
Exo 2:3  And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.
Exo 2:4  And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

Psa 22:10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

We, like Moses, have been predestined to be a servant unto the Lord. From the foundation of the world, we are being chosen to be a people unto the Lord for His purposes.

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Deu 14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.

The mother of Moses

In and of ourselves, we are not important but what we are being formed into is of great value to the Lord. Moses’s life is starting off in a type of baptism seeing as Moses mother creates an ark of bulrushes [papyrus]. Moses mother does this after a period of three months to show us that there is a process involved of growing us up in Christ so that we are being used in the capacity of being a saviour to the Lord’s people in order to bring them to the place of the Name of the Lord, mount Zion within first [having dominion over sin] and also without at the appointed times. Let us read from another Scripture about those ambassadors in vessels of bulrushes.

Isa 18:1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

Isa 18:2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers [Egypt] have spoiled!

In this story of Exodus, God’s people and His land have been spoiled by the Egyptians but there is about to come a time when it is God’s people who spoil the Egyptians and, so it is for us today. The word ark where Moses was put is the same word used in Noah’s ark. This is not a coincidence because these two arks are both symbols of the Lord protecting His chosen people through His Word. Moses’s parents hid him for three months because they had faith. They were not afraid to disobey Pharaoh [man of sin]. Moses was a Hebrew born from Levite parents, and being nursed by his own mother until he was weaned [Ex 2:8-10]. Christ nourishes us and Moses’s parents, his sister, Miriam, and the midwives involved, are all symbols here in this story of his true family, Christ’s spiritual family for us. We are being nursed [as a nurse cherishes her children] in the family of God. It is what we hear from the beginning.

1Jn 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

1Th 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

1Th 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

1Th 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

Symbolically Moses’s natural family then represents the Body of Christ for us where we hear Truth for the first time and being nursed during this stage of our walk. This is what Moses’s mother and family shadows here, in other words, the mindset of Moses here is one that knows the Truth, but Christ is not come a second time yet.

Pharaoh’s daughter

In all of the Lord’s workings, He prepares a way before us so that His plan can continue to be established for those in this age He calls His people, so that everyone else can be called to be His people later. This preparation is no different for Moses in Exodus and for us in our own lives. Consider that this story is about Moses, and about Christ, and about Christ’s Body. Moses had to go into Egypt in order to come out of Egypt, losing his first love, moving away from the faith he once had through his true family, the Body of Christ [shadow], and this is us in type and shadow.  Let us read what happens next:

Exo 2:4  And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
Exo 2:5  And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
Exo 2:6  And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
Exo 2:7  Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
Exo 2:8  And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.
Exo 2:9  And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
Exo 2:10  And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

Christ used the Pharaoh’s daughter and is using her to save Moses from Pharaoh. The meaning of Moses’s name, pulled out of the water refers to Christ saving His people from the hands of their enemies. Christ saved and is saving us from lies within and without. Paul talks about being in perils of waters:

Psa 18:16 (KJV) He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
Psa 18:17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

2Co 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

Under Pharaoh’s daughter, Moses, grew up as a prince of Egypt, yet he always knew that he was a Hebrew as we know our true calling in Christ. Moses grew up as a great man in words and deeds under the Pharaoh’s daughter. He was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians. When we lose our first love and move away from the faith once delivered to us, the flesh grows stronger and stronger.

Act 7:21 (GNB) and when he was put out of his home, the king’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.

Act 7:22 He was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians and became a great man in words and deeds.

Moses lived a very comfortable life, as the adopted son, he was eating in pleasure and this is us in type. His life was hedged, being dead whilst alive.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Lam 3:6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. Lam 3:7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.

Mat 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Moses was forty years old before he decided to find out how his fellow Israelites were being treated. Forty is the symbol for trials. So, after forty years, Moses is being tried. Christ was tempted forty days.

Act 7:23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to find out how his fellow Israelites were being treated.

Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

When Moses saw how his people [Israel] were being treated, he decided to give up his life as a prince of Egypt and decided to suffer with God’s people instead.

Heb 11:24 (GNB) It was faith that made Moses, when he had grown up, refuse to be called the son of the king’s daughter.

Heb 11:25 He preferred to suffer with God’s people rather than to enjoy sin for a little while.

But unlike Christ who was tempted and never gave in, Moses failed in his own efforts. The mindset of Moses here in this story is being one of a hearer only. So, Moses through the idols of his heart, his conscience accusing or excusing him [Rom 2:15], thought that through his self-righteousness [which is of the law], he could save his people from the enemy. In type and shadow, this is us, thinking we can save ourselves and save others.

Exo 2:11 (CEV) After Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were hard at work, and he saw an Egyptian beating one of them.

Exo 2:12 Moses looked around to see if anyone was watching, then he killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand.

Exo 2:13 When Moses went out the next day, he saw two Hebrews fighting. So, he went to the man who had started the fight and asked, “Why are you beating up one of your own people?” Exo 2:14 The man answered, “Who put you in charge of us and made you our judge? Are you planning to kill me, just as you killed that Egyptian?”

This frightened Moses because he was sure that people must have found out what had happened.  Moses killed an Egyptian to protect a fellow Israelite. Shedding blood is not how you are being saved, nor you or your family within or without. That is an idol of the heart. We have a high calling, killing your brother is not leading your family within and without out of Egypt [world within and without]. Trusting in the riches of Egypt does not cut it.

Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

So, this is the mindset of Moses whilst in Egypt under Pharaoh’s daughter. This is a process and the this is the pattern of how Christ operates when all is said and done, as He used Jacob’s trickery of Isaac to bring out Jacob’s good in the end. Christ also works out the wellbeing of Joseph’s brothers through the evil deeds they commit against Joseph as it is for us even today. Moses is a Pharisee of note, saying but not doing, killing a man whilst admonishing his brother.

Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

With this Egyptian mindset, we are not in Christ’s rest. Paul, admonishes against hypocrisy.

1Co 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

1Co 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The wife of Moses

After killing the Egyptian, Moses escaped to Midian, where he gets married.

Exo 2:15 When the king heard what Moses had done, the king wanted to kill him. But Moses escaped and went to the land of Midian. One day, Moses was sitting there by a well,

Exo 2:16 when the seven daughters of Jethro, the priest of Midian, came up to water their father’s sheep and goats.

Exo 2:17 Some shepherds tried to chase them away, but Moses came to their rescue and watered their animals.

Exo 2:18 When Jethro’s daughters returned home, their father asked, “Why have you come back so early today?”

Exo 2:19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds, and he even watered our sheep and goats.”

Exo 2:20 “Where is he?” Jethro asked. “Why did you leave him out there? Invite him to eat with us.”

Exo 2:21 Moses agreed to stay on with Jethro, who later let his daughter Zipporah marry Moses.

Exo 2:22 And when she had a son, Moses said, “I will name him Gershom, since I am a foreigner in this country.”

The Lord finds us while we are yet sinners.

Isa 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Isa 43:20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

It is Zipporah, meaning bird, who we are given as a wife. We are given marriage [to Christ] to that which soars in the heavens. So, what does it mean to have Zipporah as wife, being one with her [Gen 2:24] or rather having the mindset of Zipporah as Moses has at this stage of his walk and this is us. In type it means that we all attempt at first to please Christ without being completely circumcised, and Zipporah, as the woman in this story, symbolizes the church within and without, as the force which opposes our complete circumcision. The fact that this happened when Moses was on his way back to Egypt to deliver his people Israel, demonstrates that this is an experience which is common to us all at the beginning of our own calling into the service of our Lord. We are all yet carnal babes in Christ even after being given to know Christ, and even being given spiritual gifts. We are in Egypt still.

1Co 1:5 That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1Co 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We, as Moses are enriched in Christ, having the testimony of the miracles Christ had shown us at the burning bush and come behind in no gift at this time. Nevertheless, these next verses applied to Moses and to us at the beginning of our walk.

1Co 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, [ even] as unto babes in Christ.

1Co 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able [to bear it], neither yet now are ye able.

1Co 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

1Co 3:4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I [am] of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

Moses’s uncircumcised son is an OT type of our own carnality. As Zipporah our flesh considers Christ, our spiritual husband, to be a bloody man because of the circumcision which seems too demanding on the flesh.

Exo 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast [it] at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband [art] thou to me.

Exo 4:26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

Zipporah typifies Babylon within us all, who resists the ordinances of Christ, and that Moses is Christ to whom we say, You are a bloody husband unto me, because of the spiritual circumcision.

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and c circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God

This is the mindset of Moses and us at this time, the Lord causing us not to overcome and entering into His rest. Instead of allowing the church world [Zipporah] to influence us to remain uncircumcised, we ought to rather lay aside every weight.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, i n putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

We have to have our houses in order and have our sons mindset] circumcised [circumcision typifying the putting off the things of the flesh], leading our people out of Egypt within and without. Christ requires circumcision and dying daily in Spirit. Here we see Moses unwilling to shed bled [circumcise his son], typically what the Sadducee does in us. Knowing to do better but not doing it.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

This mindset of Moses, being one with Zipporah, does not lead us into Christ rest.

Heb 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

Recap

To summarize before we look at Moses’s sister, Miriam, the prophetess, let us freshen our memories about what we have learned in the first part of the study. We saw in the first part of the study that women represent the church in type and shadow [Rev 1:4], within and without, and looking through spiritual eyes, we learn much about the mindset of Moses through the women in his life. Moses, have been predestined to be a servant unto the Lord, and his and our lives, a pattern being played out which shows the is, was and will be nature of Christ or the revelation of Jesus Christ within us as Paul tells us. Moses was called into a life of service which he had not chosen as we also, are being called today, into a life of service through a fiery process.

Gal 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. Gal 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

In this study, we first looked at Moses’s parents. Christ nourishes us and Moses’s parents, his sister, Miriam, and the midwives involved, are all symbols and shadows the mindset of Moses’s true family, or the Body of Christ for us. We are being nursed [as a nurse cherishes her children] in the family of God. It is what we hear from the beginning.

1Jn 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

Psa 22:9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.

Next, we looked at the daughter of Pharaoh and the mindset it shadows. Moses had to go into Egypt [being the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter (Exo 2), a prince in Egypt] in order to come out of Egypt, losing his first love, moving away from the faith he once had through his true family, the Body of Christ [shadow], and this is us in type and shadow [MO of the Lord]. In Egypt, Moses and we lack nothing, our lives are being hedged, we are being dead whilst alive [Rev 3:17]. Moses and we are being tried after forty days [Act 7:23]. The Lord causing us to give up our lives as princes of Egypt [Heb 11:24] and causing us to suffer with God’s people instead.
Christ who was tempted never gave in, but we as Moses, fail in our efforts. The mindset of Moses here in this story is being one of a hearer only. So, Moses, through the idols of his heart, his conscience accusing or excusing him thought that through his self-righteousness [which is of the law], could and can save his people from the enemy. In type and shadow, this is us, thinking we can save ourselves and save others. We think we can come to Christ through the law of the gentiles.

Rom 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

Rom 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Rom 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Shedding blood physically or spiritually is not how we are being saved, this is an idol of the heart. We have a high calling, killing our brethren is not leading our families within and without out of Egypt [world within and without]. Trusting in the riches of Egypt does not cut it [Mat 5, Rom 12]. We as Moses is a Pharisee of note, saying but not doing, killing a man whilst admonishing our brethren when we do this is, was and will be.

Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

With this Egyptian mindset, we are not in Christ’s rest. Paul, admonishes against hypocrisy [1Co 5:6].

Next, we looked at the wife of Moses to see what the mindset of Moses and we represents here. The Lord finds us while we are yet sinners [Isa 43, Rom 5]. It is Zipporah, meaning bird, who we are given as a wife. We are given marriage [to Christ] to that which soars in the heavens. We at first, attempt to please Christ without being completely circumcised, and as Zipporah in type, opposes our complete circumcision. We are yet carnal babes in Christ [1 Co 3] even after being given to know Christ, and even being given spiritual gifts.

1Co 1:5 That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1Co 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We, as Moses are enriched in Christ, having the testimony of the miracles Christ had shown us at the burning bush and come behind in no gift at this time. Nevertheless, these next verses applied to Moses and to us at the beginning of our walk. Moses’s uncircumcised son is an OT type of our own carnality. As Zipporah our flesh considers Christ, our spiritual husband, to be a bloody man because of the circumcision which seems too demanding on the flesh [Ex 4]. Zipporah typifies Babylon within us, who resists the ordinances of Christ, and that Moses is Christ to whom we say, You are a bloody husband unto me, because of the spiritual circumcision.

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and c circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God

This is our mindset and the mindset of Moses at this time, the Lord causing us not to overcome and entering into His rest. Instead of allowing the church world [Zipporah] to influence us to remain uncircumcised, we ought to rather lay aside every weight [Heb 12].

We have to be of the circumcision [circumcision typifying the putting off the things of the flesh], leading our people out of Egypt within and without. Christ requires circumcision and dying daily in Spirit. Here we see Moses unwilling to shed blood [circumcise his son], typically what the Sadducee does in us. Knowing to do better but not doing it. This mindset of Moses, being one with Zipporah, does not lead us into Christ rest [Heb 4]. There is still one more church in Moses, an OT witness of us.

The sister of Moses

Here is Strong’s definition of the meaning of the name, Miriam:
H4813
mirya m
meer- yawm’
>From H4805; rebelliously; Mirjam, the name of two Israelitesses: – Miriam

A wife rebelling against her husband is as natural as the carnal mind being enmity and not being subject to the law of God [Rom 8:7]. It is all part of being a marred vessel first.

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Mar 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.

2Ti 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

Miriam was a prophetess. Being a prophetess and we are prophets Lord willing means this:

Exo 15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Exo 15:21 And Miriam answered them [the women], Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Miriam, as prophetess, leads the women [our souls within] with timbrels and dances in singing unto the Lord. Christ does not use prophesy to lead men into battle against the enemy [carnal mind] but Christ’s Words [John 6:63] are being used to battle against the wars in our heavens [Eph 6:12]. We know all is true in the natural or physical as well.

1Co 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [ they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

1Co 14:35 And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

1Co 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?

1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

Here is an example how the process of being saved goes. Look at what we, as Miriam, does as God, the Father, through Christ, brings us out of Egypt sending before us Moses, Aaron and Miriam:

Num 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

Num 12:2 And they [Miriam & Aaron] said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.

Miriam is mentioned first shadowing the instigator of the rebellion. Aaron, her brother, here in this witness, typifies God’s priests in every generation who are not being able to stand up against a woman [a rebelling church within and without] and who are disobedient to our high calling in Christ. Aaron here, typifies us, as the priests who are not acknowledging that the words written by Paul are the commandments of the Lord. We have to be doers of the Word, not hearers only.

1Co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

The women/church in us ignores Christ’s Words of Spirit and Life.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Christ punishes the mindset of Miriam and Aaron’s rebellion against Moses [here typifying Christ]. Miriam and Aaron are being motivated by jealousy and not by racism against Moses’s wife, Zipporah, which they were just using to hide their jealousy of the seventy elders chosen by Moses.

Num 12:1 (ERV) Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses. They criticized him because he married an Ethiopian woman.

Num 12:2 (GNB) They said, “Has the LORD spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” The LORD heard what they said.

The way the Lord punished Miriam with leprosy confirms this fact. Miriam is a symbol of the church which leads us in rebellion against Christ and against His elect, symbolized by Moses here in this story.

Num 12:10 (KJV) And 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.

Let us look at what happened after Miriam was healed of the leprosy and was accepted back in the camp of Israel.

Num 12:15 (ISV) So Miriam was isolated outside the camp for seven days and the people didn’t travel until Miriam was brought in.

Even though Miriam and Aaron rebelled against Moses in private, all of Israel learned about this rebellion and the consequence to Miriam because they had to wait for her to get healed before they continued their travel. We have to be healed of leprosy. A Little leaven leavens the whole lump.

This rebellious mindset of Miriam we see also as the mindset of Moses in another OT witness. Here are the Scriptures where Christ instructing Moses and Aaron to bring water to the people from the Rock.

Num 20:6 (ISV) Then Moses and Aaron went into the presence of the community at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to them.

Num 20:7 The LORD told Moses,

Num 20:8 “Take the rod, gather the community together, and then you and your brother Aaron are to speak to the rock right before their eyes. It will release water. As you bring water to them from the rock, the community and the cattle will be able to drink.

Did Moses obey Christ? Pay close attention to what happened next.

Num 20:9 (KJV) And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.

Num 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

Num 20:11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

Moses and Aaron did not exactly obey the Lord. The Lord told them to speak to the Rock [type and shadow of Christ] and after it releases water, they have to fetch the water [working, having faith John 5:17] and give it to the people. Instead of speaking to the rock, Moses struck it twice. Instead of fetching the water and giving it to the people, Moses and Aaron just let the people drink directly from it symbolizing warming ourselves by the fire and not dying daily if you look at this with spiritual eyes. The power of God is Christ and the Words Christ speaks, giving life giving waters to the nations within and without. We are the pillars in the Temple of God, nobody comes to the Father except through Christ and His sons.

Joh 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

Num 20:12 (ERV) But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “You did not trust me enough to honor me and show the people that I am holy. You did not show the Israelites that the power to make the water came from me. So, you will not lead the people into the land that I have given them.”

Num 20:13 This place was called the waters of Meribah. This is where the Israelites argued with the LORD and where he showed them that he was holy.

God is not a respecter of persons. We suffer Christ’s wrath for our sins. It is in the same chapter that we are told of Aaron’s death. Moses dies later.

Num 20:23 (ERV) Mount Hor was near the border of Edom. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Num 20:24 “It is time for Aaron to die and go to be with his ancestors [in the grave, not in heaven or in hell]. Aaron will not enter the land that I promised to the Israelites. Moses, I say this to you because both you and Aaron did not fully obey the command I gave you at the waters of Meribah.

Num 20:25 “Now, bring Aaron and his son Eleazar up to Mount Hor.

Num 20:26 Take Aaron’s special clothes from him and put these clothes on his son Eleazar. Aaron will die there on the mountain. And he will go to be with his ancestors.”

Num 20:27 Moses obeyed the LORD’S command. Moses, Aaron, and Eleazar went up on Mount Hor. All the Israelites watched them go.

Num 20:28 Moses removed Aaron’s special clothes and put them on Aaron’s son Eleazar. Then Aaron died there on top of the mountain. Moses and Eleazar came back down the mountain.

Num 20:29 All the Israelites learned that Aaron was dead. So, everyone in Israel mourned for 30 days.

Aaron as a type of us, getting punished should clearly show us that we should never think that we are immune to God’s wrath while we are in this sinful flesh. Christ suffered God’s wrath despite not committing any sin [Heb 4:15]. This event at the waters of Meribah is mentioned in Psalms and we are given a very important detail:

Psa 106:32 (ASV) They angered him also at the waters of Meribah, So that it went ill with Moses for their sakes;

Psa 106:33 Because they were rebellious against his spirit, And he spake unadvisedly with his lips.

Unlike Moses, the Lord never spoke unadvisedly with his lips. But very much like Moses, Christ suffered in His sinful flesh for our sakes.

1Co 2:10 (ISV) But God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God.

Moses’s rebellion caused him not to lead his people into the Promised land [Num 20].
What is the take of the mindset of Miriam i.e. rebellion in Moses? We have not to have prophesy only but also keep the sayings of this Book, all of it!

Rev 22:9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Short Summary

We looked at the mindset of Moses, the friend of God, through the eyes of the women in his life, which all represent the church within us at different stages of the process. We, as Moses, as the servant do not enter into the Kingdom of God, only sons of Christ enter in. We have to come to Christ and we know the Lord drags us to Him.

Joh 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

Joh 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Joh 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

Prophesy has its place and we need to take heed.

2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

We have to become doers of His Word [John 6:63]. This is a process which entails the Revelation of Christ and which is clearly being shown us through the different mindsets of Moses as portrayed by the churches within Moses and us! A Renewing mindset is what the Lord is doing with us.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Sincere comments and questions are encouraged!