In the previous chapter, Moses expressed a desire for all of God’s people to be able to prophesy, a desire echoed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:1–5.
The ability to hear God and speak forth His thoughts and purposes was not to be limited to a select few.
But when Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ siblings, attempted to downplay Moses’ unique relationship with God and elevate themselves, they were disciplined.
In this case, there were normal prophets (Numbers 12:6), and then there was Moses, who spoke to the Lord face to face (Numbers 12: 7–8).
Astonishingly, this is the kind of relationship we are urged to pursue.
In fact, we are offered an even better one (2 Corinthians 3:12–18).
We are being transformed into Christ’s image and given an invitation to seek the Lord’s face freely.