Why did Aaron and Miriam object to the marriage of Moses? 

Old Testament: Num 12.1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 11–13 on February 24, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

The Lord made his choice clear that Moses would speak for him. Yet, that did not keep his sister and brother from objecting to his second marriage as an excuse to speak against his authority as God’s spokesman: 

Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman. So they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it.

– Numbers 12.1–2 

Why did they object? Was it because he was already married? Was it because this woman was from Ethiopia, Egypt’s neighbor and sometimes a part of Egypt? 

The second sentence in the verses indicates that they used this as an excuse to question whether the Lord God had only spoken through Moses. They claimed that the Lord had also spoken through them, which was true, but not in the same way as with Moses. 

What they did was question the Lord’s choice in Moses, and that was a greater issue than the second marriage of Moses. 


  • Do you challenge the Lord? 
  • How do you handle the things that you do not understand about the Lord? 

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