Today’s Reading: Numbers 26:52-28:15 (additional reading Psalm 61:1-8 and Proverbs 11:16-17)
Key Verse: “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.” Numbers 27:7
Throughout history, the rights of minorities have been neglected, ignored, and abused. Even today, most nations and communities still do not give equal rights to minorities and mistreatment of people still takes place, because of race, gender, nationality, religion, and position. Sometimes unequal rights are deliberate, while others are deprived out of ignorance; people just are not aware that a person is not experiencing equal rights.
Concern for the mistreated is the beat of God’s heart. God cares for the helpless and the needy, for the abused and unprotected, for the underprivileged and the people who do not have adequate provision. God cares for every need we have, for the lack of any provision in our lives.
In the ancient world, a father’s property was divided among his sons. Daughters did not receive property. Instead, when they were married, they received a dowry or a wedding present from their father. It is in the time that we meet Zelophehad’s five godly daughters. These were five women of enormous courage, faith, and hope. These women, stand as a dynamic example of courage for all believers of all generations. These women were single women. They could have played the victim card and grumbled about being orphans with no brothers or land. They could have rushed into marriage to solve their problem themselves. But they did not. These were noble, godly women who trusted that God would provide for them and were willing to courageously step outside their comfort zone to see this happen.
These women understood that with God, there is no partiality or favouritism, no discrimination whatsoever. There are no minorities: not women or men, not black, or white. No race, nationality or gender stands as a favourite with God. There is no discrimination with God. From this God granted the request of these dear sisters (Numbers 27:6-7) and changed the law.
When they brought their case to Moses, notice what he does – he sought God. In seeking God, Moses sets a compelling example for us. I wonder how often when people come to us with their problems that we try to fix them by our strength or wisdom. When issues confront us, we should seek the face of the Lord. When we ask Him, He steps in. He cares for all people, and there is no problem too big or small for him to take an interest in.
- How do you care for the rights of minorities?
- How can you seek God when others ask for your advice?
- How should the way God cares for others affect the way you treat others?
Father, Thank You that You love regardless of where we were born, whether we are rich or poor, male or female. Help us to love others the way You love them and to care for those we are forgotten and mistreated in our society. In Jesus’ name, Amen.