Tag: Numbers 26-30

A godly woman named Hoglah!

Scripture reading for February 17: Numbers 26-30

My wife and I raised lots of hogs in our early years!  As we considered names for our daughter, I would teasingly submit the Biblical name of Hoglah. Somehow, my wife never thought that was funny!  But in Scripture, Hoglah was a daughter to be proud of!  She was a pioneer in the “women’s rights” movement, and a godly woman who wanted her share of a family inheritance. She worked this out in a godly way.

In Numbers 27 we have a record of five daughters of a man by the name of Zelophehad.  This man had died during the march through the desert.  His daughters went before the Tent of Meeting and petitioned Moses for an unusual request.  They wanted to be allowed to inherit the property of their father.  One of their talking points was that their Dad had not been a part of Korah’s rebellion.  He had simply died as a result of his own sins. (Numbers 27:2-3) Up to that time, no ruling had been made and it was tradition that the sons got the inheritance.  These godly daughters felt that was unfair!  They wanted equal rights to an inheritance in the promised land!  (Numbers 27:4-5)  God agreed!

This was a breakthrough for women’s rights and spiritual equality that God has established!  Roles for men and women are defined by God and we must accept those roles.  But some things are open for negotiation.  These women teach us some important lessons.  We must all appeal to the Lord and to His established leadership when we need answers.  We should abide by the decision of leadership.  Some problems in the community of believers must be worked out through prayer and interaction.  God will help us through godly leaders and godly appeal for what is righteous.

Their story continued at the end of Numbers, where another question arose concerning their inheritance of property.  What if they married outside of their family?  Would that land transfer out of the tribe?  God’s answer was that they must marry within their clan to keep the property!  These godly women responded in obedience and married their cousins. They kept their inheritance!  (Numbers 36:1-12)

Have you had disputes about inheritances? What principles of working out problems within the family or church do you want God to help you with?

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Connecting with our inheritance!

Scripture reading for February 18th: Numbers 26-30

I sometimes teased my daughters that I strongly considered the biblical name “Hoglah” for naming them!  My wife and I raised lots of hogs in our early years so this would fit our past life!  Somehow, they never have thought that was funny!  But in today’s reading, Hoglah was a daughter to be proud of!  She was a daughter who was zealous for her inheritance rights.

Zeolophad lived in Moses’ time and had five daughters.  He had died during the march through the desert to the “promised land”.  His daughters went before the Tent of Meeting and petitioned Moses to be allowed to inherit the property of their father.  One of their talking points was that their dad had not been a part of Korah’s rebellion.  He had simply died as a result of his own sins. (Numbers 27:2-3) Up to that time, no ruling had been made and it was tradition that the sons got the inheritance.  These godly daughters felt that was unfair!  They wanted equal rights to an inheritance in the promised land!  (Numbers 27:4-5)  This was a breakthrough for women’s rights of inheritance and spiritual equality that God Himself  established!

Roles for men and women are defined by God and we must accept those roles, but some things are open for negotiation.  These women teach us some important lessons.  We must appeal to the Lord and to His established leadership when we want changes.  We must willing to abide by the decision of leadership because God has appointed them.  Some problems in the community of believers must be worked out through prayer and interaction.  God will help us when we have godly motives and respect authority.

Their story continues at the end of Numbers, where another question arises concerning their inheritance of property.  What if they married outside of their family?  Would that land transfer out of the tribe?  God’s answer was that they must marry within the clan to keep the property!  These godly women responded in obedience and faith and married their cousins. They kept their property and inheritance!  Oh, for daughters like Hoglah!   (Numbers 36:1-12)

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Hoglah, a daughter of faith!

Scripture reading for February 18th: Numbers 26-30

I sometimes teased my daughters that I strongly considered the biblical name “Hoglah” for naming them!  My wife and I raised lots of hogs in our early years so this would fit our past life!  Somehow, they never have thought that was funny!  But in today’s reading, Hoglah is a daughter to be proud of!  She is a pioneer in the “women’s rights” movement, way ahead of her time!

In Numbers 27 we have a record of five daughters of a man by the name of Zelophehad.  This man had died during the march through the desert.  His daughters went before the Tent of Meeting and petitioned Moses for an unusual request.  They wanted to be allowed to inherit the property of their father.  One of their talking points was that their Dad had not been a part of Korah’s rebellion.  He had simply died as a result of his own sins. (Numbers 27:2-3) Up to that time, no ruling had been made and it was tradition that the sons got the inheritance.  These godly daughters felt that was unfair!  They wanted equal rights to an inheritance in the promised land!  (Numbers 27:4-5)  God evidently agreed!

This was a breakthrough for women’s rights and spiritual equality that God had established!  Roles for men and women are defined by God and we must accept those roles.  But some things are open for negotiation.  These women teach us some important lessons.  We must all appeal to the Lord and to His established leadership when we need answers.  We should abide by the decision of leadership.  Some problems in the community of believers must be worked out through prayer and interaction.  God will help us as we pray and respectfully work it out.

Their story continues at the end of Numbers, where another question arises concerning their inheritance of property.  What if they marry outside of their family?  Will that land transfer out of the tribe?  God’s answer was that they must marry within the clan to keep the property!  These godly women responded in obedience and faith and married their cousins. They kept their property and inheritance!  Thank the Lord for daughters like Hoglah who are zealous for their spiritual inheritance and willing to abide by God’s instructions!   (Numbers 36:1-12)

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Answered Prayer!

Scripture reading for February 18th: Numbers 26-30

Moses came to the end of his life strong and healthy but he had sinned against the Lord.  He would not be able to enter the promised land, only look at it from a distance.  (Numbers 27:12-14)  God was going to gather him to his people who had already left this world.  Moses had been a man of faith but had dishonored God before the people when he struck the rock a second time instead of speaking to it as God instructed.

When he knew his time was over, Moses uttered a final request to the Lord concerning leadership of His people.  This prayer is instructive for us today.  “Moses said to the Lord, ” May the Lord, the God of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”” (Numbers 27:15-17)

Moses had a shepherd’s heart.  He had cared for the people for forty years after caring for Jethro’s sheep in the desert for the previous forty years.  He knew that these people needed a shepherd who could lead them and care for them.  He knew that people wander away like sheep and get lost.  He knew that wild animals devoured wandering sheep and they needed protection.  He also knew that only God could appoint the shepherd that could truly care for these human sheep!

The immediate answer of God was to appoint Joshua, the son of Nun, a man who had the Spirit in him.  Joshua was a noted man of faith who had stuck close to Moses the past forty years.  Moses was to lay his hands on him and impart the mantle of leadership.  (Numbers 27:18-20)  He would lead the Israelites with the guidance of God’s wisdom through Eleazar the high priest.

God answered then with Joshua and now has provided something better for us! Jesus Christ is the true shepherd who truly cares for all of God’s sheep!  (John 10:11)   He demonstrated his love for the sheep by giving His life for them!  He has given us His Spirit to live in us and guide us daily.  (John 16:13-15)  Listen to your Shepherd Jesus today and follow Him out of sin and into your eternal destiny.

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Hoglah, a daughter of Faith!

Scripture reading for February 18: Numbers 26-30

I sometimes teased my daughters that I strongly considered the biblical name “Hoglah” for naming them!  My wife and I raised lots of hogs in our early years so this would fit our past life!  Somehow, they never have thought that was funny!  But in today’s reading, Hoglah is a daughter to be proud of!  She is a pioneer in the “women’s rights” movement, way ahead of her time!

In Numbers 27 we have a record of five daughters of a man by the name of Zelophehad.  This man had died during the march through the desert.  His daughters went before the Tent of Meeting and petitioned Moses for an unusual request.  They wanted to be allowed to inherit the property of their father.  One of their talking points was that their Dad had not been a part of Korah’s rebellion.  He had simply died as a result of his own sins. (Numbers 27:2-3) Up to that time, no ruling had been made and it was tradition that the sons got the inheritance.  These godly daughters felt that was unfair!  They wanted equal rights to an inheritance in the promised land!  (Numbers 27:4-5)  God agreed!

This is a breakthrough for women’s rights and spiritual equality that God has established!  Roles for men and women are defined by God and we must accept those roles.  But some things are open for negotiation.  These women teach us some important lessons.  We must all appeal to the Lord and to His established leadership when we need answers.  We should abide by the decision of leadership.  Some problems in the community of believers must be worked out through prayer and interaction.  God will help us.

Their story continues at the end of Numbers, where another question arises concerning their inheritance of property.  What if they marry outside of their family?  Will that land transfer out of the tribe?  God’s answer was that they must marry within the clan to keep the property!  These godly women responded in obedience and faith and married their cousins. They kept their property and inheritance!  Oh, for daughters like Hoglah!   (Numbers 36:1-12)

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