Welcome to Faithfulness Friday! Our topic today is from Numbers, chapter twenty-seven.
Herein lies the question.
The daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, belonged to the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. The names of the daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. They came forward and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the Lord, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property along with the rest of our relatives.” (Numbers 27:1-4)
Moses took their petition to the Lord, but how would God answer?
Based on stories of the past in history, it looks like God set a precedent for men first. But, He didn’t.
The hit movie Pride and Prejudice (set in 1813) comes to mind, as well as many other period films. Family wealth was passed only through men. Women who had no man in the family for which to inherit a living were destitute…forced to grovel for food and shelter the rest of their lives.
In our history, why did Christian men allow such inequality? Did they not see the treatment as opposite of God’s loving character, His equality mandate among all human beings? Was it too wide-spread in the culture to do much about it? Possibly. (I wonder the same about slavery in America, too, although slaves present in Biblical times confuses the issue.)
On a case-by-case basis, I would hope men would help women in such situations and take care of them. To do the honorable thing, the Godly thing. Like passing along the family inheritance to women when circumstances dictated otherwise, culturally. It was uncommon for women to hold jobs in those times, except for the “lower class” who were servants.
I’d like to note that I might not have done differently if I were a man and in that time. None of us can be certain we’d do things differently (or “correctly” in hind sight) since we didn’t live it. We don’t understand nor have proper perspective for it until we live it. We pray the Holy Spirit would guide us correctly in those types of things. We can’t get there on our own but will do the right thing with His power and leading.
God clearly created men and women equally (Genesis 1:27). Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39). We also find many scriptures that speak of equality among races and ethnic groups, such as this one in The New Testament.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
Back to our story today, let’s see how God specifically answered the daughters of Zelophahad. The Lord told Moses when he asked the question about the situation,
The claim of the daughters of Zelophehad is legitimate. You much give them a grant of land along with their father’s relatives. Assign them the property that would have been given to their father.” (Numbers 27:7)
Our God is for equality! His very character speaks of love for all equally. To treat one another well and with love. And, not only women, but all. All.
At many points in history, different people groups throughout the world treated women (and others) poorly. Culture when Jesus walked the earth shows treatment of women as property. But. Jesus never treated women like property. He loves women, just as He loves men.
Every race, every color. Every ethnicity. God loves all that He created. He is faithful to His children. Our Lord loves us all.
With today’s highlighted scripture, how do you think culture ventured into the disparity of handling inheritance to exclude women in earlier centuries? Are we faithful to the Lord in how we follow the examples in His word? Do you love others equally? (Do I?)
As I contemplate (Word for 2021), I mull over these types of things. I’d love to hear what you think.
I pray you have a blessed Valentine’s weekend. <3
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