Wednesday, January 25: Joshua 17- A surprise allotment.

In the patriarchal world of its time, Joshua following the Lord’s lead made a surprising ruling. Now Zelophehad … had no sons but only daughters, whose names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. They went to Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders and said, “The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our relatives.” So Joshua gave them an inheritance along with the brothers of their father, according to the LORD’s command. (3-4; see Numbers 27 for more history and the Lord’s ruling on this).

The Lord reiterates what He spoke to Moses. These daughters were to have an inheritance.

I realize this unique exception does not mean all daughters were equal with sons in inheritance law, but still I cannot ignore how revolutionary and counter-cultural this ruling was.

In literature this could be considered a foreshadowing… in the New Testament Paul under the leading of the Lord writes So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:26-29).

God sees a human heart, not which color, gender or human status the body it is in holds.

Lord, give me Your eyes as I see people. I pray in Jesus name. Amen



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