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Punishment For Loose Lips

Key Verse

“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian womanAnd the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed” (Numbers 12:1,9).

Text — Numbers 12:1-15


Our text shows God’s rebuke on the wrong use of the tongue. Miriam and Aaron threw caution to the winds and forgot that they were not to speak evil of others. They spoke against Moses’ marriage and undermined his leadership authority by equating themselves to Moses their leader.  It is clear that they did not speak out of love. God was not pleased with them. Miriam was immediately struck with leprosy. For seven days the journey of the whole nation of Israel was halted because of the misuse of the tongue by Miriam and Aaron.

The tongue is little but can be destructive if the user is a sinner. Just as Miriam and Aaron’s tongues delayed a whole nation for seven days, a wrong use of the tongue can delay or destroy destinies,  families or nations. The tongue can also defile a careless Christian (James 3:1-12). God hates evil speaking. The Bible says; “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31). Surrender to Christ for a wholesome tongue.


God hates evil speaking


 Shun the wrong use of the tongue.

Prayer for today

Holy Father, set a watch before my mouth, in Jesus’ name.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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