Tag: Numbers 36:1-12

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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