Racism and God’s Anger

SYLVIA MCCRORY      November 2020

Miriam said, “Does the Lord speak only through Moses? Does he not also speak through us?” And the Lord heard it. Moses was a very humble man, more so than anyone on the face of the earth.

Numbers 12:1-3 Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because of the Cushite woman Moses had married. 

 

In this passage we begin to explore the biblical teachings of racism. Moses’ siblings, Miriam and Aaron, criticized Moses for marrying a Cushite.  The Cushite were dark skinned, and were not Jewish. Most commentators feel this is more about jealousy of Moses’ position. Whatever the underlying reason, for Miriam to speak this way to Aaron indicates some hint of racism and prejudice.

 

Continuing in Numbers 12:1-3 Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because of the Cushite woman he married.  Miriam said, “Does the Lord speak only through Moses? Does he not also speak through us?” And the Lord heard it. Moses was a very humble man, more so than anyone on the face of the earth.

 

As you continue reading the Lord meets with Miriam and Aaron in a pillar of a cloud. V.9 “The Lord’s anger burned against them, and he left.” 

 

But that is not the end. V.10 “As the cloud moved away from the tent, Miriam’s skin suddenly became diseased, resembling snow.”

 

God confined Miriam outside the camp for seven days. She was not allowed into the camp.

 

God is angered when we think ourselves above others in any way.  We are all God’s children. But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for through faith you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:25-26    Our DNA does not make us superior to anyone else, nor does our bank account. God sees us all as equal, He loves us all the same. 

 

In the New Testament, Jesus adds even more to our instructions about how we are to live. Hatred should not be part of the life of the Christian. We are instructed numerous times to love our neighbor and even to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. And we love ourselves a great deal.

 

 But even more than that Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. . . . For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? . . . And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what are you doing out of the ordinary? . . . .Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.                 Matthew 5:43-48 (CSB)

 

In this tough time of Covid-19 and division in our country, we should draw our instruction from the Bible rather than from man. Peace and love are a big part of the teachings of Jesus. 

 

So, as not to mislead, Jesus also taught the wages of sin is death. If you are not a Christian, you must trust in Jesus as your savior, ask God to forgive you of your sins in order to be saved and escape the very reality of death and hell.

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

 

Now is the time to put any differences behind us, and to set an example for our children, instructing them to do the same. We are all loved by God. Our hearts should be for our neighbors and those who are less fortunate and hurting. No matter which side of an issue we are on, we must love those who oppose us, and pray for them. Let today be the day Love and Christ enters your hearts, encouraging others. 

 

But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.                            Romans 5:8

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