Miriam and Leprosy
“And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous.” (Numbers 12:9-10)
“Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?” (Deuteronomy 31:17)
Commentary: The VOICE translation renders Deut. 31:17, "When they do, I’ll be furious with them and abandon them. I won’t look on them when they pray. I won’t protect them, and they’ll be eaten alive.“ God did not personally afflict Miriam with leprosy. God is the healer not the sickness bringer. God’s only part was to remove His protection when Miriam rebelled. God exercises His anger, not by personally inflicting an individual with sickness, but by removing His protection and leaving them to the consequences of the rebellion.
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