Studies of Humility: Moses

Studies of Humility: Moses

Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.

Numbers 12:3

Now that we have defined humility and examined the most perfect example of humility in Scripture,  I think we should look at some other humble children of God, starting with Moses who “was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3).  

If you read through Numbers 12, verse three seems to be an afterthought.  It’s a parenthetical statement between a complaint from Moses’ siblings and a rebuke from God.  However, this hidden verse is central to the story for three reasons. 

  1. Because Moses was humble (freed from a false view of himself), he realized that his siblings’ accusations held some truth (Moses was indeed married to a Cushite), and he did not respond defensively to his siblings’ complaints.
  2. Because Moses was humble, he valued God’s opinion over man’s opinion.   Moses treasured his close friendship with God, and he did not need the approval of his siblings.
  3. Because Moses was humble, he allowed God to fight for him.  Realizing that God’s words are more powerful than man’s words, Moses let God resolve the situation.

Moses’ humility revealed itself in his silence. 

However, when Moses finally speaks in verse 13, his audible words also show his humility.  As a punishment for her complaints against God and Moses, God afflicted Miriam with leprosy.  Aaron, startled at his sister’s condition, begged Moses to forgive her and remove the disease.

Numbers 12:14 says that Moses prayed, “O God, please heal her—please.”  Once again, this verse shows Moses’ humility in three ways.

  1. Moses restored the relationship with his siblings; he forgave them.
  2. Moses sought the good of his sister; he asked God to undo a punishment so that she would be healthy.
  3. Moses maintained a proper view of himself; knowing his human limitations, he petitioned God for healing.

Once we, like Moses, are liberated from a heightened view of self, we are free to build proper relationships.  For Moses, this meant restoring peace in his family through undeserved forgiveness and unconditional love.  Meanwhile, Moses found identity in his friendship with God, not in the opinion of others.

Therefore, our second task in pursuing humility is restoring broken relationships and placing our identity in Christ.

Let me know in the comments:

  • Have you ever healed a broken relationship?
  • How can you find your identity in God?

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