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Numbers 11

v.3

Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.

·         It is important to see Moses didn’t start out as the most humble man on earth; he grew up proud and confident in his abilities. It was only time, desert time, lowly time, that made him a humble - and greatly usable - man.

·         Some scholars have pointed out that the word translated “humble” could also translate to “depressed”

v.8

Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?

·         The idea isn’t that Moses was above being questioned or above being held accountable

o        Earlier, in Exodus 18, Moses’ father-in-law Jethro confronted Moses on an issue, and was used by God to bring needed change.

o        God’s people are to keep God’s servants accountable

§         First and foremost in their conduct and in their doctrine

·         But the issue is instead that they were criticizing Moses not on things that he was teaching, or on whether or not his conduct was consistent with a minister of God, but:

o        Their criticism was petty and over something he had no control over

§         His wife’s ethnicity

o        Their criticism was slander – it wasn’t even true

§         The Spirit’s assessment of Moses:  He wasn’t a proud dictatorial man at all

o        Their criticism was motivated by self-interest

§         They were jealous of Moses’ authority and wanted some of the attention he was getting for themselves.

·         God’s servants must make themselves transparent, open, approachable, accountable, and open to questioning and criticism - nobody is above submission to the Body of Christ, nobody is a lone-wolf, one-man-show that cannot be bothered to be accountable for what they teach, what they do, or how they live – no matter how big their britches get.

o        But it’s another thing entirely to slander anybody in the Body – whether we’re talking about a pastor or anybody else.

o        And specifically with pastors, elders, and anybody else in public ministry, the Bible says not to receive an accusation against them except by the mouth of two or three witnesses.

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