Miriam – 10 Key Points for Bible Study 06/21/2014

From our lesson of Miriam (Exodus 2:1-10; 15:20-21; Numbers 12:1-15), here are some important points. The points do not directly answer the questions on pages 55-58 of the text, but may help you in our discussion at the Saturday Bible Study 06/21/2014.

1. The birth mother of Mirian was Jochebed, her Father was Amram. Miriam’s brothers were Aaron and Moses  (Exodus 6:20)(Numbers 26:59).

2. Upon Moses’ birth, Jochebed hid him for three months then put him into a floating basket among the reeds of the Nile River. (Exodus 2:1-4). Miriam, Moses’ sister, kept watch to see what would happen to him (Exodus 2:5).

3. When Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby and observed he was Hebrew (Exodus 2:5-6), Miriam offered to find a Hebrew woman to take care of the baby (Exodus 2:7).

4. Mariam went back to Jochebed and brought her to Pharaoh’s Daughter who arranged for the care of the baby until the child grew older (Exodus 2:8-9).

5. After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea  and the Pharaoh’s army drowned (Exodus 13:18; 14:29-31), Miriam led the Israelite women in dancing and she sang Praises to the Lord (Exodus 15:19-21).

6. Miriam is considered a prophetess, as she was one through which God spoke His word, to the Israelites (Exodus 15:20; Numbers 12:2).

7. Miriam conspired with Aaron to oppose Moses, due to his choosing a Cushite wife (Numbers 12:1) and exhibited jealousy toward Moses when God gave His prophetic Spirit to the seventy elders (Numbers 12:2).   

8. God expressed His anger toward Miriam and Aaron (Numbers 12:5-8).

9. Miriam was struck with leprosy as a punishment for her actions and Aaron asked Moses to ask God for mercy to cure her and not do the same to him (Numbers 12: 5-15).

10. God, in proclaiming His judgment of captivity on the people of Samaria and Judah, used the example of His goodness by pointing out He sent  Mariam as one of the of the chosen to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Micah 6:4).

 1. The NIV Study Bible, Zondervan, 1995.

2. Jean E Syswerda, Women of the Bible, Zondervan, 1999.

 

The Mothers of Moses: Jochebed and Pharaoh’s Daughter – 10 Key Points for Bible Study 06/07/2014

 

From our lesson of The Mothers of Moses: Jochebed and Pharaoh’s Daughter, (Exodus 2:1-10; Hebrews 11:23), here are some important points. The points do not directly answer the questions on pages 53-54 of the text, but may help you in our discussion at the Saturday Bible Study 06/07/2014.

1. The birth mother of Moses was Jochebed, his Father was Amram. Moses’ brother was Aaron (Exodus 6:20) and  their sister (Exodus 2:4) was Miriam (Exodus 15:20).

2. The name for Pharaoh’s Daughter is not given in Scripture. The NIV Study Bible footnote for Exodus 2:5 identifies her as “Perhaps the famous 18th-dynasty princess who later became Queen Hatshepsut”(1), and Josephus in Book II, chapter IV,#5 identifies her as Thermuthis (3). For this lesson we’ll stick with name not known.

3. The new king  declared that there were too many Israelites in Egypt (Exodus 1:8-10), so he oppressed them with forced labor (Exodus 1:11) and gave orders for every Israelite boy born to the thrown into the Nile (Exodus 1:22). 

4. The number of Israelites had grown from 70 (Genesis 46:26-27)(Genesis 46:8-25) to 600,000 men (Exodus 12:37). The count of seventy in Genesis didn’t include the mothers of Jacob’s sons. The count in Exodus didn’t include the women and children.

5.  Upon the birth of a son, Jochebed hid him for three months then put him into a floating basket among the reeds of the Nile river. (Exodus 2:1-4)

6. Mariam, the boy’s sister, kept watch to see what would happen to him (Exodus 2:5).

7. Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby and observed he was Hebrew (Exodus 2:5-6).

8. The sister (Miriam) offered to find a Hebrew woman to take care of the baby (Exodus 2:7).

9. Mariam got Jochebed and brought her to Pharaoh’s Daughter who arranged for the care of the baby until the child grew older (Exodus 2:8-9). When he was old enough, the boy was returned to Pharaoh’s daughter and she named him Moses (Exodus 2:10).

10. In the New Testament, the writer of Hebrews gives examples of faith by using Moses’ parents putting him into the basket on the Nile river (Hebrews 11:23) and much of his life (Hebrews 22:24-29). Also, Luke uses the story of Stephen’s defense to the Sanhedrin, which was centered around constant rejection of Moses, as an example of the rejection and crucifixion of Jesus Christ ( Acts 7:1-53).

 1. The NIV Study Bible, Zondervan, 1995.

2. Jean E Syswerda, Women of the Bible, Zondervan, 1999.

3. Whiston, William (translator), The Works of Josephus, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, 1985