Moses’ Cushite Wife

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God’s Kingdom will be full of brilliant color, exquisite gems, streets of gold, lushes vegetation, and delectable food. Paradise, as Jesus of Nazareth described it on the cross to the thief, will be exactly that….an indescribable, magnificent display of His creativity, ingenuity, and breathtaking imagination. The most dazzling of hues will take our breath away. The walls of Heaven with jewel upon jewel stacked together will present startling reflections of Christ’s light and the beautiful flowers, trees, and ornate growing flora will probably be something we have never seen with our eyes before. Paradise.

Do you know what else we will see in Heaven? A sea of God’s children; a sea of faces we have never seen before.

Faces that are different, so special, so individual, so unique that not one person is exactly the same. Each individual with their own, distinct thumb print, their own discrete eye color, for God in all His imagination has made every living thing exclusively and exceptionally one of a kind. There are no words fitting to describe God’s works of art in His children.

Faces of different color. Faces of different cultures. Faces of different ages. Faces glowing with the radiance of Christ. All different, yet all the same; worshiping together, praising together, and living together. Heaven will be a multitude of God’s creativity.

To reject one of these creations of our Father, is a personal attack on our Lord.

An attack on His work, an attack on His finished product of clay, molded, and shaped to His liking. And the heart of the one rejected can not understand why….especially if rejected by God’s own people.

Rejection is a horrible experience. A heart can feel itself breaking from rude, brash, and boarish behavior from another human being. Facing a spirit of pride head on can bring a person down to their knees in prayer faster than just about any other deceptive spirit. Many women, including myself, have experienced rejection from “godly” women.

A different color, a different race, a different culture can bring monstrous judgment to the service of individuals.

These feelings and behaviors can be violent, abrasive, or passive aggressive and down right rude. These behaviors have been experiences for thousands of years. God’s people have not been immune to rejection, including through the ranks of God’s chosen leaders.

Moses is the leader of the Israelites. A group of God’s elect, chosen to emulate His commandants through a promise spoken to Abraham. Human nature is innate and without the Holy Spirit to guide, counsel, and instruct, worldly attitudes and behaviors can erect themselves in even the mostly “godly” of people.

Numbers 12:1, “Now Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman).”

Moses was a godly man. He had given himself to a woman known as Zipporah upon his arrival in Midian. Who was this Cushite woman? Scholars differ on opinion as to who she was. According to Matthew Henry, “About his marriage: some think a late marriage with a Cushite or Arabian; others because Zipporah, whom on this occasion they called, in scorn, an Ethiopian woman, and who, they insinuated, had too great an influence on Moses in the choice of these seventy elders. Perhaps there was some private falling out between Zipporah and Miriam, which occasions some hot words, and one peevish reflection introduced another, til Moses and Aaron came to be interested.” [1]

I believe this is a different woman than Zipporah, for her dark skin offended Miriam and Aaron. Jealousy seethed through the siblings as they spoke against Moses and his Cushite wife, but this was not unbeknownst to God, for Numbers 12:3 reads, “And the Lord heard it.”

The Lord’s anger burned against Miriam and Aaron and He departed. But when He had withdrawn from the tent, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow (Numbers 12:9-10) Ironically, Miriam was the exact opposite color of the one she judged, the Ethiopian. If she loved her color so much, God would give it to her. Let us remember, for as much as when the Lord gave the ungrateful, grumbling Israelites all the quail they could eat when they moaned and bellyached in regards to the manna or bread from Heaven.

When we judge another, our Lord said, “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:2)

Do you have a judgmental attitude towards another race? Do you have prejudiced towards another culture? Be very careful my friend, remember the words of Christ. These are God’s children. Formed and molded in the secret place, every fiber and bone exactly the way God intended; sadly, it’s the world’s molding and shaping where individual attitudes and mindsets destroy something so creative, unique, and beautiful.

God’s thoughts of His children are numerous.

Psalm 139:17-18 reads, “How precious to me are your thoughts, God! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand, when I awake I am still with you.” When God creates something, He deems it good. It is man who deems something bad according to man’s own perception and stupidity.

I do understand the difficulty of loving those outside of our faith. Loving those who are deliberately trying to harm our fellow brothers or purposefully rejecting you because of your faith. This is an extremely challenging subject because we are to love the ones who persecute us. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in Heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11)

Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are going.” If you are being rejected and persecuted, this may be the hardest decision you will ever make. Love the very ones who hurt you; pray for those who curse you; forgive the very ones who scar your heart. In this way, you will be emulating Christ to a very dark world; exemplifying a nature uncharacteristic to man.

Heaven will be full of God’s children.

Each one precious to His heart, different in nature, different in color, gender, race, and culture, but one in heart. God’s creativity is nothing short of miraculous when He formed you in the secret place, where He created your inmost being, knitted you together in your mother’s womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made; God’s works are wonderful and His eyes saw your unformed body where all the days of your life were ordained and written in His book before one of them came to be. Precious are His thoughts of you, for they would outnumber all the grains of sand. We will all be together, uniquely made to worship our King!

Let us pray out loud and CONFESS the Word of the Living God

Abba Father,

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thought from afar (Psalm 139:1:2). I do not want to be deceived. I want Truth in my inner being (John 14:6). Do I have a judgmental attitude? Am I judging your people?

Forgive me Lord for I do not want to walk in ignorance (Hosea 4:6). I do not want to have a critical attitude or worldly thinking for others, especially in the house of God. Help me Lord guard my mouth (Psalm 19:14). Guard my heart lest I sin against you (Proverbs 4:23, Philippians 4:7).

I know the measure to which I judge another will measured to me; remove this prideful attitude and spirit from for I desire to love, have compassion, and mercy as you (Matthew 7:2). Fill me with the fruits of your spirit and me be transformed by the renewing of my mind, conforming no more to the patterns of this world (Romans 12:2). I desire to keep my mind on things seated at the right hand of the Father, instead of things in this world (Colossians 3:2).

Forgive me Lord, have compassion on my through your unfailing love, blotting out all my ignorance and transgressions (Psalm 51). Thank you I can pray for Truth, to be a new creation in Christ and to see others as you see them. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth I pray, amen.

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  1. Catherine

    I have struggled with rejection, judgment and pride. All terrible things. God please forgive me so my prayers will not be hindered in any way and help me to forgive others as You do. What I most look forward to heaven besides being with my King and seeing my loved ones is complete freedom. No more fear, anxiety, worry, panic, stress, sickness or pain. No more lies, deception or manipulation. No more suffering, financial issues, loneliness, crying or nightmares.

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