Authority is Gods choice, not man’s attainment.
God summoned the three to the tent of meeting, Aaron and Miriam went without hesitation, because they thought God must be on their side and also because they had much to say to God since Moses had caused all these troubles in the family by marrying an Ethiopian woman. But God proclaimed that that Moses was His servant who was faithful in his entire house. How dare they speak against His servant? Spiritual authority is not something one attains to by effort. It is given by God to whomever He chooses. How very different is the spiritual from the natural.
God Himself is the authority. Beware lest we offend. Whoever speaks against Moses speaks against Gods chosen one. Let us never despise Gods chosen vessel.
The anger of the Lord was kindled against them and the cloud departed from off the tent. God’s presence was lost, and immediately Miriam became leprous as snow. Her leprosy did not come thru contamination; it was clearly correction from God. To be leprous was in no way better than an Ethiopian woman. Miriam’s rebellion had manifested in an outward leprosy. And she who had become leprous must be isolated losing all contact with others.
Besides direct authority, be subject to representative authority.
Many consider themselves obedient to God while actually knowing nothing of being subject to God’s delegated authority. He who is truly obedient will finds God’s authority in every circumstance, in the home, and in some other institutions. God asked, “Why are you not afraid to revile against my servant?” Special attention must be paid each time words of reviling are uttered. Such word should not be idly spoken. Reviling proves there is a rebellious spirit within; it is the germination of rebellion. We ought to fear God and not speak carelessly. But there are those today who speak against the elders in the church or others above them; they do not realize the gravity of their speaking so. When the church is revived in the grace of God, those who have reviled will be treated as leprous.
May God be gracious to us so that we may understand that this is not a matter of our brother, but a matter of Gods instituted authority. After we have met authority we will realize how much we have sinned against God. Our concept of sin will undergo a drastic change. We shall look at sin as God sees it. We will see that the sin which God condemns is the rebellion of man.