HELLO ZELOPHEHAD’S DAUGHTERS
I am all about chivalry. I do not believe that it’s dead! I think men and women have specific roles and when we embrace these roles we can maximize our purposes and make amazing things happen for the Glory of God.
That being said… is it a contradiction that I am also all about Girl Power? Because I am!! I am an independent woman! I can do for myself and I don’t NEED a man in my life to validate who I am.
Which is why I love the story of Zelophehad’s daughters found in Numbers 27:1-11. There were 5 of them: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. They were stuck in the desert with the disobedient Israelites who couldn’t make it into the promised land. Their dad dies “for his own sin” and they were left with nothing. No brothers and apparently no husbands to take care of them these 5 women are penniless and basically homeless.
Until…. enter Girl Power.
They get super bold. I bet one of them was the ring leader of the operation, probably the eldest who has had to watch over her younger sisters her whole life was the one with the idea. Maybe there was one or two who were doubtful that their plan would work. Maybe one of them was not interested in exposing their situation in the way they were about to. Obviously this is me brainstorming hypotheticals because scripture doesn’t tell us what their private conversation looked like. We just get a zoomed in snap chat of the moment when they put on their big girl panties and face the men.
In verse 1 and 2 “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“.
This had to have taken some major guts!! To face Moses and the entire leadership team. Yeah, I don’t know if I would have been able to muster the courage. But wait until you read what they said.
Verse 3-4”but he [their father] 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.”
There you have it.
I enjoy reading Moses’ reaction. I think it shows great respect toward these women whose ages we are not told.
Verse 5 “So Moses brought their case before the Lord.“
That’s right. Gotta take it to the only one who can be truly just!
The Lord responds with the best answer ever!!!
Verse 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.”
I love it!!
God honored their courage, boldness and determination. They had no one to stand up for them so they stood up for themselves.
How often do we stay quiet or cower down from speaking up for ourselves or worse someone who can’t speak for themselves?
I absolutely love this story about 5 sisters who did not let fear suck them down into oblivion. I am grateful for the reminder.
God will honor you and bless you for your faith.
My dear sisters I pray that this post may find you well. I pray that it may encourage you if you are facing a situation that requires standing up and speaking out. Let this story inspire you to do what’s right. I am thankful that you have taken the time to stop by and read about Zelophehad’s daughters. I hope you come back to this story when you need a boost of courage.
Memory Verse: Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
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I love this story too! Thanks for sharing. There is much in the Bible about brave, independent women. I went on an amazing journey by taking two who had no name and only one line (Noah’s wife and Lot’s wife) and filling in their lives.–T.K. Thorne