“And the LORD heard it”
We have a whole range of challenging verses that provoke our thoughts in today’s chapters. The first of these is when, as Numbers 12 starts,
“Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses” because his wife was not from the twelve tribes. They said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also? And the LORD heard it” (verse 2).
How tellingly is this point made in Psalm 94
“… how long shall the wicked exult? … they say, ‘The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive’ … Fools, when will you be wise? He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see? He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke? … the LORD – knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath. Blessed is the … (one) whom you teach out of your law (word) …” (verses 3,7-12). We could continue quoting this Psalm, it is an inspiration in this ever more evil world.
All those who believe they have a genuine relationship with God need to be always fully conscious that “the LORD hears” all. “Miriam was leprous” after “the cloud was removed” (verse 10). Moses cried to the Lord,
“O God, please heal her – please” (verse 13).
And she was healed – but in God’s good time.
“Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it … For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favour from the LORD, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.” Let us “not neglect it” – we have it in our hands to feed our minds on every day.
Luke 22 has the declaration by Jesus that
“from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God” (verse 69).
The more we feed on God’s word the more we are conscious of the wonder of this – and to where our prayers ascend – and from where our Lord will soon descend.