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).

Did you know that Miriam's story is in the Bible to teach us?

"These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us...So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!" 1 Corinthians 10:11-13

Miriam's life is a warning to keep on fighting the good fight so we can remain faithful (1 Timothy 6:12-14).  
* 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.

Passages about Miriam have some very interesting applications to our lives. I think you will enjoy some further study about Miriam in the Bite Size Bible Study.


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

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

 Bible Love Notes


  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.