Saturday, March 16, 2013

Teens in the Bible - Moses' sister Miriam


Chapter 9 teen Miriam, Moses’ sister

Wow. Talk about an obedient, loving, and devoted sister! Some scholars say she was only twelve, maybe younger when her brother Moses was born. Pharoah had given the order that every boy born to the Israelites had to be thrown into the Nile while every girl baby was allowed to live. Moses’ mother hid him for three months, but when she could hide him no longer, she got a basket, coated it with tar and pitch, and floated him in it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.

Miriam stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. Pharoah’s daughter found the baby and felt sorry for him. Bold Miriam approached her and said the smartest thing ever – “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” Awesome. She went and got her mother.

We don’t know any more about Miriam’s youth, but we do find out in other verses that she was a prophetess, that she played the tambourine, and sang and danced. She was perhaps intolerant (think racist) as well because she opposed Moses’ marriage to an Ethiopian woman. The Lord was angry about that and gave Miriam leprosy. Because of Moses’ plea she was healed after seven days.

(Next Saturday teen Moses)