Daily Thought for: 10th March
THE DAUGHTERS OF ZELOPHEHAD
Numbers 27. 1-11; 36. 1-13; Joshua 17. 3-4
Give me/us: Caleb desired a mountain; Achsah springs of water; the daughters
an inheritance. They exhibit faith, and resolution. Zelophehads daughters
make their request known to Moses and the leaders of Israel in a positive,
responsible way, Num. 27. 1-11, when Israel is yet in the wilderness, with
Canaan not entered, let alone conquered. Their confident trust in God and
His promises are evident; as HENRY/SCOTT remark: Five wise virgins(Matt.
25. 1-13). Their oneness of purpose is also commendableGive unto us.
Had all Israel exhibited such faith and resolution, all the inheritance
would have been possessed.
Their concern for their inheritance, God-given, is very different from the prodigals, who also said, Give me, Luke 15. 9. To make comparison: (1) the younger brother wanted his inheritance whilst his father was alive, showing disregard for Gods providential ordering of his lifethe young women act in the intelligent recognition of this, Num. 27. 3-4; (2) he wanted it for his own pleasure: they for productiveness (cf. Achsahsprings of water, irrigation); (3) he leaves his own country to benefit himself, in an independent spiritthey show a dependent spirit (note their reference to Korah), desiring a possession among their brethren; (4) what was his fathers he squandered, what was to have been their fathers they wish to preserve; (5) he wanted to be free from his fathers restraintsthey accept the special restraints of their situation, Num. 36. 10-12.
Gileads leaders feared the potential loss of their tribal inheritance, what God had given to them and to their children of succeeding generations; see Num. 36. We may compare, The things thou hast heard of me . . . the same commit to faithful men . . . to others, 2 Tim. 2. 2: here are four generationsthe teaching is to be passed on intact.
Acceptance of restraints is a mark of spirituality. The daughters, allowed to marry only within their tribe, gladly did so. All Gods restraints are for our, and others, good, whilst serving to remind us that we are under authority. Throwing off restraint is a feature of the last days, 2 Thess. 2. 3.