Miriam, Leader and Prophetess
The Lord's Discipline
By Scarlett Stough
To prepare for this study, please read
the Women in Christ commentary: Miriam,
Leader and Prophetess.
Part I Miriam’s Example
1. Exodus 15:19-21 What title is Miriam given? What did she do to express gratitude to God for his rescue from the Egyptian army?
2. Micah 6:4 What job did God give Miriam? Who else shared this responsibility?
3. Numbers 26:59; Exodus 7:7; Exodus 2:1-10 What age range would Miriam have been at the time of the exodus? Use the ages of her brothers and her approximate age at Moses’ birth.
4. Numbers 12:1-3 Why were Miriam and Aaron talking against Moses? What attitude do they express? Who heard them? What does the editorial note in verse three tell us about Moses’ attitude?
5. Numbers 12:4-9 What correction did God give? Why do you think he was angry? Why do you think Miriam was punished and not Aaron? (Editor’s Note: “’talk against’ : verb is feminine singular; indicating that Miriam led in this criticism.”)
6. Numbers 12:10-13 How did her brothers react? What did they do? How can you show similar compassion when someone you know has been caught in a sin and suffering the consequences?
7. Numbers 12:14-16 How long did Miriam have to stay separated from the others? What was the effect on the whole community?
8. Deuteronomy 3:23-27; Numbers 20:12, 2-11 Why wasn’t Moses allowed to enter the promised land? What similarity, if any, do you see between Moses’ sin and Miriam’s?
Part II Do Not Lose Heart
1. James 3:13-18; James 1:5 What sin is James discussing? How can we overcome this sin?
2. II Corinthians 10:12, 17-18; Proverbs 27:2; 25:27 How was Miriam comparing herself to others? Who is the one who has the right to commend or condemn?
3. Romans 14:4; Matthew 7:1-5 In what way did Miriam do this? What is the difference between “judging another man’s servant” and Jesus’ admonition to “Watch out for false prophets?“ (Matthew 7:15-23) How can you apply these admonitions to your life?
4. Hebrews 12:1-11 Who does God discipline and why? Does this mean he doesn’t love the one being disciplined? What is the ultimate result in those who yield to God’s discipline?
5. James 1:22-26; II Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 32 What are some of the ways God disciplines his children? How has God disciplined you?
6. Revelation 3:19-22 What should be our response to God’s discipline?
7. Matthew 20:25-28; James 4:6, 10; Matthew 23:11-12 What attitude should leaders chosen by God have? How should they carry out their responsibilities?
8. I Timothy 5:19-21 What instructions does Paul give Timothy concerning discipline of elders (leaders)? Should there be a different standard of discipline for leaders? If so, why? If not, why? Support your opinion with Scripture. (See also: Luke 12:47-48; Deuteronomy 19:15; 17:6-7; Numbers 35:30.)
9. Deuteronomy 24:8-9 Miriam’s confinement
was used as an example for dealing with contagious skin diseases. What
spiritual application, if any, do you see in this principle? (See I Corinthians