Numbers 12: God Hears Everything
There are some incredibly obvious statements in the Bible, and I found one of them today in Numbers chapter 12.
For a little bit of background, Moses had married an Ethiopian woman, and Aaron and Miriam were not too thrilled about that. They began to question whether or not Moses really had such a unique relationship with God.
One thing that is interesting to notice is that God was perfectly okay with biracial marriages. Obviously, until recent history, many people had problems with this relationship, but God understood the humanity of all people. Race does not bother God; He created all of us after all. Humanity made an incredible problem because of racism, and the effects are tragically still being felt, but God was already breaking that down in this passage of scripture. That is not really the main point of what I was writing today, but I thought it was worth pointing out.
God did not react very kindly to their lack of faith in Him.
However, I was intrigued by a verse in the middle of this passage.
Num 12:2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.
God hears everything. This is a lot like Jonah who thought that he could run away to the ends of the earth and hide from God. The simple fact of the matter is that God is omnipresent, and, as such, He knows everything that we do.
Psa 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
Psa 139:9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Psa 139:10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
God wants to be with us, and He is with us all of the time. Although in this situation it did help expose this lack of faith, having God with us is still a good thing. Exposing our sin is a good thing because it is the only way that we can ask for forgiveness.
We are always going to make mistakes, but God will always offer us forgiveness. He sees and hears everything we do, but He loves us and wants to help us with our problems. It is nice to have a God like that.