Friday, May 11, 2012

The Daughters of Zelophehad

Have you ever heard of Zelophehad?
He was a man who lived in Moses' day.
He had 5 daughters and no sons.

This morning as I was reading from Numbers 27:1-11,
the bravery of these five daughters of Zelophehad stood out to me.

In an unprecedented act of courage,
they went before Moses and the other leaders of Israel.
They protested the unfairness of a legal requirement
that favored sons rather than daughters.
They not only protested;
they asked for the law to be changed!

Because of their bravery,
a new edict was given -
when a man had no sons,
his daughters now had a right to their father's inheritance.

What act of bravery might God call on me to do today?

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Tracy said...

Hi Esther Joy - I love that story too. Shows what a great God we have.
God bless

Jedidja said...

Thank you for remembering this story. It is giving me courage

A Joyful Noise said...

Good example of women speaking up and standing up for the right thing!

Lisa Lewis Koster said...

Just reading you title made me want to come over and see who these daughters of Zelophehad were. Thanks for posting!

Charlotte said...

I'm sure I must have heard this before, but I don't remember it. Thank you for sharing it with us. The power of women should not be underestimated.

Lynn said...

I find this fascinating because I too had forgotten it, although I know reading it now, I did know of this story. I need to go back and read the entire story. It fascinates me because I truly did not remember women having any rights like this in that day. Thank you for sharing this post.

Gattina said...

Interesting ! I have never heard of him !

Splendid Little Stars said...

What a great story!