Sibling Rivalry - Miriam's Jealousy - Numbers 12

Acts 17:26-28, sibling rivalry, Miriam's jealousy, contentment with God's plans
Bad attitudes must be dealt with immediately...

If we don't deal with bad attitudes quickly, they can turn into life-damaging emotions.

When I read about Miriam's life, I wonder if the jealousy at the end of her life (Numbers 12) began when Moses was rescued by the Pharaoh's daughter (Exodus 2:1-10).

She was a faithful older sister guarding her newborn brother and cleverly arranging for her mother to nurse him. 

But what did she think when he grew up enjoying the opulent luxury of Pharoah's palace while she lived as a slave? Did the roots of jealousy begin there? 

Being jealous of siblings, co-workers, or friends is a sign of distrust in God. We can't be faithful to God's plans and purposes in our lives when we're busy coveting the gifts and opportunities of others (See Acts 17:26-28).

Miriam had a special role in the Exodus of God's people (Micah 6:4), but she wasn't content. She wanted her brother's role. 

Let's not make the same mistake. Let's deal with any areas of discontent and jealousy so we can enjoy God's specific plans for our lives.


  1. Thanks for this, I needed it! And thanks also for the insight on when the jealousy probably began. I had never thought about it.

  2. Hmmm, you made me think. It is so true that if we do not deal with those kind of emotions they begin to grow and get worse... Good post!


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