Summary: Miriam, the sister of Moses, was a brilliant woman, and a leader- but, her leadership led to her rebellion. She was taught a lesson by the Lord, and restored. We should lead by listening both to the Lord, and the leaders that He has raised up.
Miriam: The Face of a Leader
Pastor Pete Amerman- Sr. Pastor, Hillside LBC, Succasunna
May 15, 2005
Micah 6:4-“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.”
Continuing our series on Unknown Faces from the Bible, remember that there are unknown characters in the Bible whose names and faces we may not recognize, but whose stories are significant in God’s plan and purpose in history. Today, we will look at a woman named Miriam, the sister of Moses & Aaron. Miriam was a key leader in the story of the Exodus of the nation of Israel from Egypt- one who often goes unrecognized as she led alongside of Moses and Aaron. But her leadership had one dark moment in which she lost sight of who she was, and what her role was. Thankfully, she was restored by God, and returned to her role as a leader, and remembered in subsequent years as one who had a significant role in the identity of the nation of Israel. And, today, I would like to especially focus on the women who are gathered here, many of whom have gifts of leadership. May the story of Miriam be an encouragement to you to use those gifts for the glory of God, and the building of His kingdom!
Notice what God said about Miriam in Micah 6:4- “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.” When we think of the most significant event in the Old Testament, we would have to say that the Exodus out of Egypt into freedom in the wilderness and eventually into the Promised Land rates as the most significant story- a story that parallels the New Testament story of Christ’s crucifixion to deliver us out of the slavery of our sin, into the freedom of Christian living, and eventually into Heaven where we will live eternally with Him. Now, when we think of who it was that led this Exodus, we would certainly think of Moses; we may think of his brother, Aaron; but, notice that the Lord, through the prophet Micah, also affirmed the leadership of Miriam in this story of the Exodus. God didn’t just say, “I delivered you through the leadership of Moses…” He also said, “I delivered you through the leadership of Moses, Aaron & Miriam.” The Lord Himself affirmed the leadership of Miriam, alongside of Moses and Aaron.
In fact, this passage affirmed that the Lord called each one to a significant leadership role in the Exodus. Moses was the Deliverer and the Lawgiver; Aaron was the High Priest; but, Miriam was the Prophetess and the Poet. She was the expression of the Arts in the story of the Exodus. If the power of Moses’ leadership was in the Law, and the power of Aaron’s leadership was in religion, the power of Miriam’s leadership was in music and poetry. Hers was the power of the heart. Her music and poetic inspiration spoke to the heart and soul of Israel. It shaped its consciousness. It became a rallying point this nation as it emerged from a nation living in slavery into a nation living in freedom.