Even though she lived in the land of Midian with her father and six sisters, Zipporah was a woman of Ethiopian descent. In Numbers 12:1 we read that Moses was criticized by his siblings, Aaron and Miriam, for marrying Zipporah. Here is something we can learn from this incident:
1. Zipporah was criticized for something she had no control over. It wasn’t Zipporah’s fault that she was born an Ethiopian. It wasn’t her fault that she probably had darker skin than the Israelites. God uniquely made Zipporah and blessed her to marry the deliverer of His people.
No one should be criticized because of the way God created them. No matter what one’s race, height, shape or color may be, we were all created in the image of God. Each of us was fearfully and wonderfully made.
If we are criticized or looked down on because of the special ways in which God made us, that is no bad reflection on us. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” She’s right! Don’t look down on yourself because of the prejudices of others.
No one is inferior or superior in the sight of God. He sees us all the same way and loves us all the same. Instead of criticism, people should be celebrated for their divine distinctiveness.
Two other things we can learn from Zipporah involve her sisters that we wrote about here, Women of the Word: Reuel’s Seven Daughters.