Numbers 27 tells us of a father named Zelophehad who had 5 daughters, Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. By the law, land inheritance passed from father to sons, not father to daughters, and Zelophehad had died. These sisters come before Moses and petition his help. “Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons. 4 Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.” Numbers 27:3-4.
It is important to understand the courage it took for the 5 sisters to go before Moses. These were women in a culturally different environment. They are asking Moses to change the law, to make an exception, to go against the norm. They are asking the “etched- in-stone” impossible. Also, it is done with wisdom and humility. They didn’t create a ruckus; or secretly try to defy the law. It is done in a manner worthy of representatives of God. The land was important to them not only economically but because it was a part of their father and his name should be preserved. Their intent was to honor the memory of their father as well.
“And Moses brought their cause before the Lord. 6 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 7 The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.”
Maybe there are problems in your life right now that seemed, “etched-in-stone” impossible. You may believe it isn’t even worth asking. What is done – is done! It can’t change; it can’t be resolved; no one can help! I bet these 5 daughters entertained those same thoughts as well; but, they didn’t stay there. They sought a solution in God.
Moses could have dismissed them. Maybe there are people petitioning you for help. Maybe you are in the position of Moses. Does it seem too high a mountain to climb? Does their plight even matter to you? With great wisdom, Moses knew to bring their case before God. He could’ve judge them himself; he could’ve decided the potential uproar of changing the law to accommodate the daughters of Zelophehad were not worth it; the law and culture were on his side; but instead, Moses petitioned God. Maybe you need to ask God’s guidance instead of relying on your own.
God didn’t just rule for these 5 daughters, He instructed Moses to change the law and gave him specific scenarios as examples of how to distribute property. Because of their request, future generations benefited.
When faced with difficult challenges today, seek the Lord’s advice and wait for His answer. He cares about the details of our lives and how we interact and deal with eachother and the issues which present themselves to us.