Miriam Didn't Finish Well

Miriam's life offers an important lesson for all of us. This 1-minute devotion explains.

As a little girl, she protected her baby brother from those who wanted to drown him (Exodus 1:6-22; Exodus 2:1-8).

As a woman in her 80's, she danced with joyous abandon when the Lord delivered His people from Egyptian slavery by parting the Red Sea (Exodus 15:20-21).

But her final recorded act is a petty, jealous attack on humble Moses, the baby brother she'd once protected (Numbers 12:1-15).

Miriam's story warns us not to rest on our past faithfulness but to keep growing and pressing on to take hold of everything God has for us (Philippians 3:10-16).

The true stories in the Old Testament offer good and bad examples and many strong warnings to stand firm (1 Corinthians 10:1-13).

Miriam's life is one of those warnings to keep on fighting the good fight  (1 Timothy 6:12-14).  

To read about a Bible character who fought the good fight throughout his difficult life, see the collection of 1-minute devotions about Joseph. I especially recommend Genesis 50:20 Eyesight.

Note: Miriam was Moses' older sister, and Moses was 80 years old when God called him at the burning bush. Therefore, Miriam was probably in her late 80's or early 90's when they crossed the Red Sea.

Scripture offers other important truths about Miriam, many of which have application to our lives. I encourage you to discover some of those truths in the Bite Size Bible Study based on this devotion.


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Miriam's life offers an important lesson for all of us. This 1-minute devotion explains.


  1. where is miriam jealousy quoted in the holy scriptures?

  2. But she was brought back and why didn't Aaronn get lepracy too?

    1. She was healed and forgiven.

      We aren't sure why Aaron didn't get leprosy. Scripture doesn't tell us. Perhaps Miriam was the instigator or perhaps Aaron would have been punished in some other way if he had not so quickly repented.

      Actually, the passage says nothing about Miriam repenting, and perhaps she didn't fully repent until she had spent 7 days outside of the camp.

      The thing we know is that God knows exactly what Miriam and Aaron were thinking. He knew their hearts. So whatever He did, it was the best thing for them.

  3. I love reading this Bible notes, they empower me spiritually.

  4. I love reading my bible cos it guide me on the right path and empower me spiritually

  5. Moses’s first wife was a middianite, and second wife a Cainanite/Hittite/Ethiopian woman. I always wondered why Mosesdidnt marry within his tribe?

  6. Miriam was prejudiced. Miriam, along with Aaron, murmured, or gossiped/spoke negatively about Moses because he married an Ethiopian woman. How prejudice still exists today, even in the church, is astounding. For one human being to think themselves superior over another human being simply because of the color of their skin or region of the world they were born in, or some other differing physical feature.....is a sin. God only created one man. All of us, whether dark brown or pale white, whether round eyed or slanted, whether wide-nosed or narrow......come from Adam. We are not to have any respect of persons. None. That is a commandment from God.

  7. I love this glog and this one comes as a God moment for me and my great grandson, who I am guardian to. At least partly, the other part is about grumbling. Regardless, after reading some of these comments, I did some research online about the subject. They pointed out that racism is a modern ill will and that in the ancient world, black men and women were well respected. Something about being described as tall and smooth-skinned people. And proficient warriers. I won't go into any details here, but geneology for Africans, like other people, are rather interesting. One other comment here, is that Noah's grandson is supposed to have settled Egypt, his name being Misraim and Egypt is Misser (pronunciation) in Arabic.
    The importance of the author's paper was that Miriam was jealous of Moses' new wife, mostly because she had an elevated importance and that degraded Miriam's importance. Very interesting assumption. Regardless, jealousy is a viscious emotion to deal with and God is in charge, always. And Moses seemed to be a humble man, who had a good relationship with the Lord.
    Finally, someone above mentioned an Ethiopian wife, which is Cush in ancient times.
    Thanks for writing this blog. It was right on time for me, even this many years later.