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Numbers 36

Good Morning “Those Trusting God Knows More Than We Do.”  Today we wrap up Numbers with chapter 36.  

Judeo-Christianity often gets lumped in with other religions and/or Middle Eastern cultures that oppress women, minimize their rights and treat them as less than.  When it comes to the heart of God concerning women, this could not be further from the Truth.  The One True God is the God who sees.  He sees the oppressed and is just in all circumstances.  

The father is the head of the household and to this day carries the family name.  The strength and preservation of the family was a concern.  Within the nation of Israel it was the father who passed his inheritance down to his sons.  Their wives then were partakers in their husband’s inheritance.  In this way the property / “family money” was preserved - kept in the family.   The family remained financially able and strong.  If the inheritance was given to the daughters then the inheritance, “family money” would go with them when they married men of other families.  You see the problem.  

This chapter describes the fulfillment of Gods ordinance in response to a unique circumstance, and serves to dispel any notion that the One True God oppresses women.  Any suggestion of such is evidence of a misunderstanding of the purpose of Gods commands.  

What happens when a family has no sons? We were first presented with this problem back in Num 27, concerning the anticipated inheritance of “The Promised Land.”  In anticipation of this chapter, I gave no attention to it then. A man named Zelophehad died, leaving no sons, which meant no one to receive his portion of the promised land.  His daughters came and approached Moses asking that their father’s property be left to them.  (Numbers 27:1-11)

Let’s get right to Gods just answer. “What Zelophehad’s daughters are saying is right. You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father’s relatives and give their father’s inheritance to them.“
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭27‬:‭7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Gods ordinance made sure Zelophehads daughters were treated fairly, furthermore;  He still had provision in it to maintain the strength of the family.  ”This is what the Lord commands for Zelophehad’s daughters: They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within their father’s tribal clan.“ (Numbers‬ ‭36‬:‭6‬)  

God is Good all the time… so despite their limited pool of husband prospects, we know this is the BEST possible solution.  It’s worthy of noting that we too are limited in who we should choose to marry.  “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?“ (2 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭14‬). also 1 Corinthians 15:33

Love you all!  Dig in.  It’s to be lived, not just read.