Today we concluded our character study on Miriam.
Commentators have sometimes drawn parallels between Miriam and Mary, the mother of Jesus. However, we must not overstate the similarities.
Both women were connected to great deliverers. Both watched over their deliverers as infants. Both sang songs of praise. Miriam was privileged to watch over her baby brother, who would save Israel from their Egyptian bondage. Mary was blessed to give birth to a baby boy the One who would redeem the world [Elect] from sin.
Miriam had to wait eighty years to see her faith rewarded. That one incident where she became jealous of her brother Moses and challenged him was a serious sin, which the Lord immediately acted as we described earlier. However, while scripture does not mention her again, until her death, her silence shows that she must have submitted to Moses during her last years.
God Himself mentions her in Micah.
Micah 6:4 (ESV)
4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aaron; is called a hero, a prophetess of Israel, the wife of Hur and grandmother of Bezalel. Her greatest triumphs came when her heart was centered on the glory of God.
Come join us next week as we touch on another "Extraordinary Woman of the Bible."
She is only mentioned is two chapters of the Old Testament, but quite she was quite the woman. Hannah, whose name means "grace" is a woman to be admired and emulated as a wife, and mother.