Thursday, July 19, 2012

miriam: leading the women.

20 Then Miriam the prophetess, {I love the word prophetess.} Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.21 Miriam sang to them:
“Sing to the Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
The horse and its rider
    he has hurled into the sea.”
~Exodus 15:20-21

Miriam. What a gal. I wish I could of been there at their family dinners or something. With manna and all. I mean, her brothers were Aaron and Moses!

These Scriptures come right after the LORD allowed the Israelites to cross the Red Sea. You know the story... most likely if you have experienced Sunday School at some point. But, just in case....

We don't often hear about their song of praise afterwards however. Go figure.
Anyway, Moses had just led the men in this victory song and so afterwards then Miriam led the women. I wonder. What did she look like? What was she like? Her personality, her being. What made her so special to be mentioned in this passage? Jesus had sisters that to my knowledge weren't mentioned specifically. Alot of women weren't mentioned... Yet, Miriam was.
I'm looking forward to meeting her.

''When God brought Israel out of Egypt, it is said, 'He sent before them Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.' {what a family picture! ;)} though we read not of anything memorable that Miriam did but this. But those are to be reckoned great blessings to a people who assist them, and go before them, in praising God.''
~Matthew Henry's Commentary, Volume 1.

What better thing to be known for!? Leading His women into His very presence.
I bet this song was stuck in their head for days. They may have forgotten it's message a time or two, but it remained apart of their journey.

They followed her in singing. In following her they were brought into positive, sincere worship.
What do people find when they follow you? Do they find thankfulness or complaints? Do they find empty words or sincere praise? Do they find a gentle and quiet spirit? Do they find purity of heart?
Are they encouraged to come into intimacy with Him or are they encouraged to know about Him?
Do they find the things that the Israelite women found in following Miriam in dancing and singing?
Above all, do they find Love? Do they find Jesus?

For He is highly exalted...


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