Miriam: The First Prophetess


For
 I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. — Micah 6:4 (ESV)

To Read: Exodus 15:19–21

Biblical Synopsis: Exodus records God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt through 10 grueling plagues followed by the destruction of Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. In response, the Israelites praised the Lord and Miriam, the prophetess, led the women in public worship with tambourines and dancing.

Application for Today: Miriam is well known as Moses’ sister who secretly watched him after their mother placed him in a basket in the Nile. She was instrumental in the saving of his life and later the saving of Israel from bondage in Egypt.

Little else is known about her. We don’t know if she married; we don’t know if she ever had children. A woman’s primary worth in her society often had to do with how many children she bore, but Scripture doesn’t even mention it. The Bible does, however, give her the distinct privilege of being the first woman designated as a prophetess.

Miriam stood out in her generation as a mouthpiece of God. Despite her humble background as a slave, God used her to help lead the congregation of Israelites.

Don’t let your position, your gender, or anything else hold you back from proclaiming the goodness of the Lord among our brothers and sisters in Christ.

If God calls you to speak on his behalf, the wisest course of action is to speak for his glory!