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Tambourines & Leprosy

Miriam, the prophetess:

"Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea."

And Miriam:

"..Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?"

Miriam, the prophetess, tambourine in hand, leading the women in song and dance out of Egyptian captivity.

And Miriam, with brother Aaron, speaking against brother Moses, whose pitch-daubed basket she once watched through reeds in the Nile. 

"And the LORD heard it." 

A family meeting, called by the LORD Himself:

""Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting."" 

A pillar of cloud and a Father's firm: 




God, Mighty Defender:

"Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"

The LORD's cloud lifted and Miriam's face white as snowOnce lit up with joy as she danced forward in freedomNow leprous 

Walking on dry ground in the midst of the Red Sea

She departed 

As the LORD brought the waters back 

Shattering her enemies with His mighty hand

Standing before the tent of meeting shrouded by cloud

He departed

And her face revealed

The devastation and gravity of her sin



Moses' face


Miriam's face 


Siblings divided 

Now brothers united

Grieving and pleading for their sister

Shattered by sin 



"O God

Please heal her-


And Miriam, 

The prophetess, 

Separated in her sin,

Examined by Aaron the priest, 

Pronounced clean,

And not left behind,

But instead,

Brought back in. 

And us,

Blessing our God and Father 

And cursing our brother

Made in the likeness of God

With the same mouth. 

Hearts crusted over with leprosy,

Dancing with death,

Drained of lifeblood

And infected with

Bitter jealousy and selfish ambition.

And Jesus,

The Greater Moses,

Our Brother,

Not only interceding for us,

But giving His very life

And spilling His blood for us

So we are not cast out.

We are not left behind.

Our Great High Priest,

Declaring us clean 

And our sin,

Though once as scarlet,

Now white as snow. 

And this Jesus,

Shattering disorder

And every vile practice,


Even the most hopeless,


Irreconcilable of circumstances,

Bringing unity

From the unlikeliest of circumstances,

Like taking what was meant for evil

And turning it for good

And just like Jesus

Reconciling us 

To God

So that



May carry out

His ministry of reconciliation. 

Miriam, Numbers 12 

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