Here is a mistake you do not want to make. It is the sin of dishonoring God by disregarding whom He has chosen to lead His
people. Miriam and Aaron essentially challenged God and that is a very serious matter indeed. The lesson to be learned here is
that God views delegated authority as a sacred issue. Because His selection and ordination is sacred, there is no room for
debate or disagreement with Him on the matter.  

It is important to understand that leaders stand in God’s stead in their realm of authority. This is why an attack against one of
His leaders is a direct attack on Him personally. A leader is literally an extension of God on the earth. He/she is carefully
selected to be God’s official mouthpiece within a given sphere of authority and His special representative who is given charge
over a specific group of His saints. And the fact is, as we see from Numbers 12, the Lord makes very clear whom it is He has
chosen as His appointed leader. Our task is to accept His choice, submit to him/her joyfully, and to uphold His chosen vessel in
prayer continually.

Actually the statement made here by the two offenders is not untrue. God had spoken through each one. The mistake they
made in this instance was to equate this fact with a divine calling to lead the covenant people of God. Today, God still speaks
through each and every one of His children; the Bible is quite clear on this. However, this does not qualify all of us to be a
leader. Kingdom leadership is by divine selection and His anointing by His Holy Spirit separates His chosen one for this holy
work and supernaturally equips and enables him/her to fulfill the task.

Rebellion against leaders may be the result of a poor choice the leader makes or perhaps a sin that he/she commits. It appears
that Moses’ choice of a Cushite wife may not have been wise. In any case Miriam and Aaron disapproved of his choice. This
disapproval became the seed from which their rebellion arose. Once they saw the fallibility of Moses, their confidence in
following him was eroded. This is when they rose up to declare that they too hear from God. The lesson here is two-fold and bi-
directional. Leaders please understand that your decisions and actions are greater in consequence than those under your
charge. Each misstep is amplified and each error is magnified. Therefore, be careful to walk in a manner worthy of your calling.
Followers it is very important for you to remember that leaders are human and they are as prone to making mistakes as you. Do
not judge a leader by his/her level of perfection but rather honor them knowing that it is God who has called and ordained them
in spite of their humanity.

Study the following Scriptures for enlightenment on this subject of leadership:

I Timothy 5:17 - “Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and
doctrine.”

Hebrews 13:17 - “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give
an account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”

I Peter 5:1-4 - “The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also
a partaker of the glory that will be revealed. Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by
compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being
examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”
Honor Those In Leadership
By Bishop Randy Barnett
Learning From Their Journey
Lesson #4
Numbers 12:2
“Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian
woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. So
they said, ‘Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not
spoken through us also? And the Lord heard it.”