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Moses and his “Cushite” Wife
We live in the most turbulent times ever. If we thus talk about the danger of complete obliteration by man of himself as well as all life on earth, it is not scary fiction but hard fact.
In his Prophetic Address in Matthew 24:22 our Lord Jesus said:
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
He spoke about the days in which we are currently living.
We are standing on the brink of the greatest economic collapse the world has ever seen. The gold price that is now soaring steeply will fall suddenly and then Revelation 18 will be fulfilled. We read it in the Bible and it is explained “verse by verse” in my book “The Book of Revelation”.
One of the other characteristics of this end of ‘The End Times’ is the danger of deception. I repeat the following verses in:
Matthew 24: 4, 11.
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
(Please read verse 24 as well)
One of the greatest deceptions, especially of our times, is the racial issue. We are increasingly inundated with information that there is no difference between the races except for colour. In this context in Numbers 12, reference is made to MOSES AND HIS CUSHITE WIFE. I request, dear reader, that you read this scripture.
Customs in Biblical times:
In Numbers 12:1 Aaron and Miriam began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife and in the following verses we read how the wrath of God was kindled against them because they dared to speak against Moses. It is then accepted without questioning that Moses wife was black due to the fact that she was called a Cushite.
In Biblical times it was often customary to identify a person according to the country from which he or she came, instead of his racial origin. Herewith a few examples:
In Exodus 2:19 Moses is called an Egyptian.
And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.
This was the answer that Jethro’s daughters gave, as to why they returned home earlier than usual. Moses arrive at the well when he was fleeing from Egypt because he had slain an Egyptian. Although the daughters of Jethro called him an Egyptian, we know that he was not an Egyptian but an Israelite.
In Deuteronomy 26:5 Jacob is called a Syrian ( an Aramaean)
5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:
We do however know that Jacob was not an Aramaean (Syrian) but an Israelite (the first Israelite). They called him Aramaean because he came from Aram to Egypt.
In Genesis 25:20, Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, the Syrian of Padan-Aram and also sister of Laban, is called Syrian. We know that they were not Aramaean but Hebrews as they were descendants of Abraham, the Hebrew.
In Genesis 24:1-4 we read that Abraham made his chief servant swear that he will go to Abraham’s country, to his own relatives there, to bring a wife for Isaac, Abraham’s son. Bethuel, Laban and Rebekah were thus Hebrews but they were called Aramaean because they lived in Aram where Abraham’s servant travelled to seek a wife for Isaac.
This law-abiding adherence to racial purity by the patriarchs can also be seen in Jacob when Isaac instructed him in Genesis 28:1,6 and 8 not to marry any Canaanite daughters.
In Numbers 32:33 and Joshua 13:24:32 the land to the east of the Jordan was given to two tribes of Israel namely the Gadites and the Reubenites and the half tribe of Manasseh. On any reputable Bible map of those times, this territory was known as the plains of Moab.
1 Chronicles 4:22 states that certain Judean families ruled Moab:
22 And Jokim, and the men of Chozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who had the dominion in Moab, and Jashubi-lehem. And these are ancient things.
This last sentence is of particular significance. In this same country of Moab (Ruth 1:1), Elimelech and his wife Naomi together with his two sons would have made contact with the two and a half tribes of Israel that settled in this territory or with the families of Judea that ruled over Moab. Elimelech and Naomi’s sons, Mahlon and Chilion could thus take wives from the Israel tribes that lived in the plains of Moab.
It is thus obvious that when Ruth arrived with Naomi in Judea, she was called a Moabitess, because she came from the Moab. As mentioned, this was customary of those times. Ruth also told Naomi in Ruth 1:16:
“- - - - - thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:”
Now we will look at Boaz:
An in-depth study of his conduct confirmed that he was an honourable and devoted man living strictly according to the Law of God. Even when Ruth stood at the foot of his bed that first night and requested that he spread the corner of his garment over her, he told her that he will comply with her wishes but he knows of another redeemer that is a closer relation to Ruth’s deceased husband and that he must grant him the first opportunity to exercise his redemption right. (According to the Law, Boaz, as the nearest redeemer, must have sexual intercourse with her – spread the corner of his garment over her - to sire her children on behalf of her deceased husband) - Ruth 3 refers.
According to Ruth 4, the closer redeemer did not exercise his redemption right and Boaz took Ruth as his wife. They sired Obed, the father of Jesse who was the father of David out of whose bloodline our Lord Jesus Christ was born.
In Deuteronomy 23:3 we read that, no Ammonite or Moabite may enter the assembly of the LORD even down to the tenth generation, in other words, never! We have also seen as to what lengths Abraham, Isaac and Jacob went to keep their bloodlines pure. On numerous occasions in the Old Testament, the LORD commanded Israel against intermarriages with other nations.