One day a petition was presented by the daughters of Zelophehad—Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. These women stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the entire community at the entrance of the Tabernacle. “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers who rebelled against Lord. But he had no sons. Why should the name of our father disappear just because he had no sons? Give us property along with the rest of our relatives.”
Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later.
Let’s examine the lives of five brave women, the daughters of Zelophehad. These ladies boldly approached Moses, at the Tent of Meeting to question the law of inheritance. In those days, women didn’t go before the established leadership to question the Law of God–it just didn’t happen.
At this time, Moses was counting the new generation who were about to enter the Promised Land. This list only contained men. With great humility the daughters explained that their father died in the wilderness, and had no son’s to inherit his land. They asked if they could have their father’s inheritance.
Moses took their case before the Lord. Yahweh judged in favor of the women. Also, He gave this statute for all time to Israel: “If a man dies and has no son, then you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter.” Their courageous actions forever brought a new status for women in Israel.
Have you ever gone against tradition, culture, and your own fears to right a wrong? These courageous women risked everything, and God honored them by enacting a law for all future generations. Ask God to break your heart for something that breaks His. God loves to use ordinary people to change the world!
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If you aren’t currently a part of a home group, but would like to dive deeper into our study on Courage, join us on Tuesday nights starting July, 24 from 6:30-8:30pm in the worship center for a large group study on the book of Nehemiah led by Pastor Mark.
In this seven week course, we will dig deeper into the heart of courage and how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
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