How To Avoid Leprosy I

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12 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 2 And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.

Numbers 12:1-2
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People gossip and joke about their preachers and leaders though they may not mean to hurt their feelings. There is a song by Kingsmen Quartet titled “Excuses”[1]. In it, their tenor chronicles interesting excuses the devil gives to Christians to keep them from attending church. It begins with personal excuses and ends with gossip about the preacher – he’s too young, and maybe he’s too old, sermons are not challenging enough, and maybe they are too bold…, he needs to have more dignity, or else he’s too proud. In the end, the tenor says, ‘we all have them (excuses), don’t we!’ 

Running one’s mouth about leaders is an old habit. Moses’s own siblings – Auntie Miriam and Pastor Aaron – even gossiped about him! In this episode, the subject was Mrs Moses. She was a Cushite, Ethiopian, dark-skinned. I can almost hear Miriam breathing puckishly into Aaron’s gloating ears, “They say she can’t even cook our food well…. “Goodness me! Her skin is so dark; it’s as if she doesn’t want to bathe correctly; hmmm, “I even overheard them quarrelling last night… “Did God ask our brother to marry her? “Does God speak only through Moses? “What about us? “He speaks through us too! Hahahahahaha!

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To think this was coming not just from Moses’ siblings but also from the leaders of a complicated, painful to manage, 10,000+ wandering wayfarers. They were supposed to be leaders whose lives should be the examples God could count on.

God broke through their nitpicking in anger. He called the three siblings out of His tabernacle. Then God descended in the cloud and stood at the entrance to the tabernacle, effectively blocking any chance of getting back in there even if they dared to do so. He had stopped Aaron and Miriam’s chance of entering the only place on earth where God, Himself, had said people could go to obtain mercy. That is how despicable, how repulsive gossiping was and still is to the Almighty. And when He had finished speaking, He was not finished with them – He went ahead to show how repulsive it was to Him.

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One can manage problems from his enemies. But ‘negative friendly fire‘ is a damaging betrayal. When Julius Caesar’s closest friend, Marcus Junius Brutus, also stabbed him, Caesar stuttered, “Et tu, Brute?” Even you, Brutus?[2] Who hasn’t felt the burning sensation of ‘negative friendly fire?’ And how many of us have not given our loved ones that burning sensation of gossip, betrayal, and backbiting? “We all have them, don’t we?” But it’s so execrable (deserving of a curse) that God actually places the curse on Miriam (verses 10-15).  

“When you are disposed to criticize a friend,

Just remember, the beginning’s not the end;

When within this urge you find,

These three questions bring to mind:

Is it TRUE? Is it NEEDFUL? Is it KIND?” – Anonymous 

[1] excuses song lyrics – Search (

[2] Et tu, Brute? – Wikipedia

Published by Pastor Amoah

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20 thoughts on “How To Avoid Leprosy I

  1. It boils to Christlike love; we should support instead of gossiping against others.
    Thanks for the insightful piece.
    Happy Sabbath


  2. As someone said, ” Gossiping, we don’t feel it until someone does it against us and spoile our reputation.


  3. Eleanor Roosevelt is quoted as saying: great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events, and ordinary minds discuss people – euphemistically called gossip. Seems that this subject began long before the first lady kinsights. However, Christians are still maturing; some slower than others. God nevertheless, shows mercy differently to the mature.

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  4. It’s so thoughtful and very spiritual.
    Pastor thank very much, may God continue to bless and keep wife and wiser for His own glory.

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  5. It’s so thoughtful and very spiritual.
    Pastor thank very much, may God continue to bless and keep wife and wiser for His own glory.

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  6. So clearly expressed and straightforward enough to help us abstain from the burning anger of God. We all have excuses. May God be merciful to us all and cause us to change for the better.
    May God’s favor and abundant blessings rest on you and all yours.
    Thank you, Pastor.

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