Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
The Mystery of Forgiveness
Numbers 12: 1-16
“So Moses cried out to the Lord, “O God, please heal
was a person who derived the utmost love and confidence from God.
It is an irony that such a godly person is detested by his own brother
and sister, namely Aaron and Miriam. The world hates those who
are loved by God. Aaron and Miriam failed to grasp God’s plan for
Moses in the deliverance of Israel. Their dislike for
Moses’ wife made them blind. Their wrath had reached the peak
when they questioned Moses’ authority and leadership. They
angrily ask, hasn’t the Lord spoken through them too!
and Miriam did not want God to get involved in this dispute.
Their intention was to defeat Moses to gain leadership of the
Israelites. We too, as human beings, never want God to interfere
in certain matters that have sinful means and ends. God did
not like their angry talk against Moses. God’s reaction is
immediate. He summons both of them to come forward. The
Lord’s words reveal how highly God placed Moses. God gives a discourse
on the personality and character of Moses. God said that He speaks
to Moses face to face and he is God’s most faithful
servant. Here we observe how confident God is about
Moses. God’s anger burned against Aaron and Miriam. She
turns a leper. Aaron shivers like an autumn leaf. Fear envelopes
him. He knows his fate. And he begs Moses’
forgiveness. Aaron’s predicament shows the general human
nature. Man in his helplessness would fall on his knees before
anyone whom he believes to be capable of helping him.
plea for forgiveness fills the heart of Moses with compassion.
‘Moses was more humble than anyone else on the face of earth (verse
3)’. He does not carry personal grudges. This
noble trait in his character is the one that makes him the most loved
by God. We must understand that this same humble Moses became
furious when he saw the Israelites disgracing God by worshipping the
golden calf. Moses would give up his life for upholding
God’s honor. But when he was the target of insult and rebuke, he
remained silent without reacting. In our modern world, we seldom
see people having the patience and forbearance such as shown by Moses
when confronted with rebuke and criticism. Moses pleads with the Lord
to forgive his sinful leprous sister and heal her. The Lord heard
Moses’ prayer and healed Miriam
PRAYER Lord, forgive our sins of jealousy,
prejudice and critical spirit. Purify us Lord and make us like Moses
who always remained as your faithful servant. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Can God confide in us?
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church