I’ve been nudged by the Holy Spirit the past couple of days to study the “Mary’s” of the Bible.
What I found was that one of the “Mary’s” was Miriam.
So I started there this morning.
I started In Exodus 15, where she’s mentioned, then browsed on back to Chapter 14.
I strongly encourage you to read these chapters this morning, as I believe the Holy Spirit wants to deal with the “whom’s that are concerned.”
Today is a day we celebrate and Give Thanks to the Lord.
That’s what Miriam was doing at her first mention.
The children of Israel had just watched God display an epic deliverance for them.
Miriam broke out the tambourine and Gave Thanks.
But in reading on further in her story, I began to see the whoms, who were concerned.
It’s not the first time, this has caught my attention, and I’ve even written to the
“Whom it may concern” before-being as how it takes one to know one-
I know what it’s like for my mind to get caught up in the murmuring of concerns… for our country, for my family, for this and for that…
We are no different than our ancestors.
They were concerned.
Where’s the water?
Where’s some bread?
Where.. how… when… why…?
Discontentment didn’t take long to set in after the victory.
Miriam must have dropped her tambourine on the other side of the Red Sea.
But I believe that’s why God dealt with me to look at History through her.
History repeats itself.
Just like it did for them.
When things go good-
We pick up the tambourine.
God is the best God ever.
But when we don’t see the water or the bread,
Or it’s taking too long for results,
We complain and blame the leaders and each other.
Drop the mic.
But God said, what we are really doing is murmuring against Him.
I particularly saw this scripture in a different way this morning:
And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. Exodus 16:15
Immediately the Holy Spirit referenced me back to the Words of Jesus,
“I Am the Bread from Heaven.”
Do you remember how the children of Israel began to complain about having to eat that manna every day?
That’s probably why it struck me..I see it in my own heart.
And I repent.
There are days when I take it upon myself to think that I can get provision another way,
a faster way.
And yet, there is no other.
God’s provision through Jesus alone, is more than sustaining.
The Same Salvation that delivered us before and left the world dead behind us,
Is the same Salvation reaching out to us today.
But let’s check our hearts.
The children of Israel were told that they should rest on the seventh day.
Like Father, like children.
It was a testing of their hearts as to whether they would obey and trust in Father’s PROvision for them.
But some of them wouldn’t have it.
What if there wasn’t enough?
So they went ahead and did a little extra.
And it ROTTED before them.
It said that those who gathered more had it to rot, and those who gathered little had more than enough.
Listen, dear sisters and brothers….
The Name of Jesus, is seemingly five small letters,
Yet the Force of this Name is holding up the Universe.
How dare I believe the lie that His Name will fail to meet my every need.
I’m picking up the tambourine this morning.
I’m remembering how I have already been delivered.
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
1 ¶ Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD ishis name.4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.
And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.21 And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
I believe, in this hour, we have the power of God on our lips, through Praise.
Lift your voice.
In honor, of His Name-
not in murmer.
The song on my heart this morning is What a Beautiful Name- Hillsong.
Let’s blare the heavens with it this Great Day.
Are you with me?