Then He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?”— Numbers 12:6-8 NKJV
Moses had a very unique relationship with G-d. G-d lifted up Moses and defended him and stated that Moses was faithful in all G-d’s house. This meant that there was no one more faithful than Moses at this time.
Moses’ relationship was so unique that G-d stated that He spoke with Moses plainly, without dark mysterious sayings. G-d also pointed out that Moses sees the form of the L-RD.
He then asks Aaron and Miriam, “Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?”
I believe that this is why David said that he would not stretch out his arm against the L-RD’s anointed. 1 Sam 24:6-7; 26:9-11; 2 Sam 1:1-16. His example had such an impact on his men that when Saul did die, they all tore their clothes and lamented, mourned and fasted until evening for Saul.
G-d also said do not harm His anointed nor His prophets in Psalm 105:15.
For to speak against the L-RD’s anointed is to speak against G-d Himself.In verse 14 we see that the L-RD pointed out to Moses that if Miriam’s father was to spit in Miriam’s face that she would be shamed for seven days. Therefore she was to be placed outside the camp for seven days with the leprousy. She was shamed for seven days for everyone to see her as leprous for she spat in the face of G-d by speaking out against Moses, His anointed.
We have to understand that both Aaron and Miriam were jealous of the position that Moses held, not with G-d, but the people. They were jealous of the respect that Moses received from the people. They were upset with Moses’ decision to marry outside of the Israelites. They saw something that they believed they could use to discredit Moses, but their heart was not in the right place. We see clearly that G-d had no issue with Moses’ decision to marry an Ethiopian woman. It wasn’t even addressed.
Where is our heart when we are speaking against those that are in a position of authority? Why do we question their actions? Why do we think and focus on these things? Are we truly seeking out truth or is there some jealous root deep within our heart?
We are definitely called to expose false prophets to protect the sheep, but we must be very careful when we stake a claim in our mind such as this. For if we do not search it out completely, if we do not speak to the one whom we are staking the claim upon, but continue to let these thoughts fester, we are in sin. If we let it continue, these thoughts will manifest into spoken words that are destructive. If we have not searched the truth out completly, to see where the heart is of the man that G-d has placed in such authority, then we are just as guilty as Miriam. Not only are we guilty, but it will become our shame.
We must ask for forgiveness when we have allowed ourselves to think and speak of such debauchery because of our own selfishness.
If there is such an incident where things are appearing not right unto G-d, then we are to confront the individual privately as a loving brother or sister in the L-RD to address the matter. We are to search out the heart of the man and discover their intentions. If repentance is called for by the man, then we keep them accountable. However, if repentance is not called for, then we are to apologize for the misunderstanding and drop the matter immediately. If we have publicly spoken out against the man, we are to publicly correct those statements and exonerate the man of G-d. It is far better for us to receive this shame than the shame of G-d spanking us for our misbehavior, our sin. For it will not go unpunished.G-d protects His anointed.