Sibling Rivalry – Numbers 12:2
Why isn’t the church of Jesus Christ united? Why are there so many different denominations and theological stances? Why is the church such a disjointed (and often disgruntled) Body of Christ?
I noticed this incident in scripture which I think gets to the heart of the matter. Moses, Miriam and Aaron were siblings. Each of them was mightily used of God as the Israelites were led out of Egypt. But while they were out in the wilderness, guess what happened?
Miriam and Aaron got their noses out of joint. They said; “‘Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” (Numbers 12:2)? This sounds to me like none other than plain old garden variety jealousy. They thought; who does Moses think he is? We’re just as good as he is – God speaks to us too!
As we look around the church today, don’t we often hear the same things? Who does that pastor think he is with his mega church? Isn’t God speaking to us little guys too? Look at that denomination. They think they have all the answers! Isn’t our denomination really the better one? Jealousy! Regrettably, it is the root of much of the competition and division in the Body of Christ.
Remember that God said of Moses that he “was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth”(Numbers 12:3) and God took his side in their petty little argument. Do we want unity? Well then, what’s it to be?