The scripture reading today is Numbers 27:10, NLT, New Living Translation).
“If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father's brothers.”
This story tells me why I’m so happy to live in a nation governed by the rule of law. It takes place when the Israelites were making their way to Canaan, the land promised them by the Lord. Moses had the job of assigning property to the new owners. However, he only had the names of the family men. There were five sisters whose father had died, and they had no brothers to claim their father’s inheritance.
They came forward and presented a petition to Moses. They said their father had died during the trip and he was never a follower who rebelled against the Lord. He also didn’t have a son or any brothers. We have no way to receive his lawful inheritance in our family.
Moses went to the Lord with his problem. The Lord said the women were right. (Numbers 27:8 "Say to the Israelites, 'If a man dies and leaves no son, give his inheritance to his daughter.”) The Lord told Moses to go forward and give these instructions to the people of Israel.
No gender equality problems here! The significance to me is that if you make an honest, fair and constructive request for change, help or assistance, the Lord will be on your side.
Dear Heavenly Father I thank You for the many blessings I enjoy everyday. Help me to always have the right view of changes I wish to accomplish so that I will always have You on my side.
Jack H. Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray For: Lord help us to keep our children focused on the right things.