Stand up, Speak Up & Be Counted!
Numbers 27: 1-7 Zelophehad’s Daughters
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 2 and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, 3 “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. 4 Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.”
5 So Moses brought their case before the Lord, 6 and the Lord said to him, 7 “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.
In Numbers the Children of Israel finally have entered the promised land and begin to divide up portions of land according to tribes, clans and families. A huge census is conducted in Numbers 26. Over 600, 000 men are in the count. The land gets divided according to male heads of house.
The daughters of Zelophehad are still single. Since their father died in the wilderness without leaving any sons, they had no one to represent them when the land was divided.
Thankfully they had the courage and wherewithal to stand up, speak up and represent themselves. Their being single suggests that they were also very young. Their is nothing in the text to suggest that Zelophehad was a celebrity or held any meaningful standing in the community either. Nevertheless these young women, stood in front of the leaders of the nation and made their presence and concerns known.
What is even more impressive about this encounter is the opinion God gives to Moses. Verse 7 states 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.
God leaves no room for doubt that young women deserved a portion of the inheritance. Hallelujah their sex did not exclude them. Their age did not exclude them. Their marital status did not exclude. Even their father’s sin did not exclude them.
My friends please know that no matter who you are, what you are or where you are God has room and blessings for you in this life and the next.