“The daughters of Zelophehad are right. You shall give them possession of an inheritance among their father’s brothers and transfer the inheritance of their father to them.
(Numbers 27:7 ESV)
As a woman (aka the weaker vessel), I love it when I encounter strong women especially those who show their inner strength without being obnoxious about it. The daughters of Zelophehad: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah (imagine being burdened with that name), Milcah, and Tirzah were just that. And what they did, well, it had a great impact in Jesus’ claim as our Messiah.
During that time, the existing laws of the land only passed property to the male heirs. If the father had no sons, then his property goes to the nearest male relative. Since their father died leaving no sons, it seems the 5 daughters were doomed to lose their father’s share. But they did not just sit around and wallow in their grim future. They did something about it.
I admire them for their courage. They were not scared to approach their leader Moses and Eleazar the priest. How many of us would not be intimidated to approach the President of the United States (assuming we can get past the Secret Service) and make our demands known? Not these girls. They came together as one (I presume that because no one was singled out as the spokesperson) and stated their case by asking for their father’s share of the land. No yelling and bickering like the Real Housewives of Blah, Blah.
I also admire them for their faith. At this time they are still not in the Promised land and have not taken possession it. They believed that what God promised will happen and they are staking claim to it.
God must have felt the same way about them because He made the exception detailed in Numbers 27:7-11. It stated that if a man has no sons, then the inheritance shall go to the daughters…”it shall be for the people of Israel a statute and rule, as the LORD commanded Moses.”
That rule not only had an immediate effect on the 5 daughters but it also spilled into the New Testament.
See back in Jeremiah’s day a curse was pronounced on a wicked king Jeconiah, wait, I don’t want to mess this up. Let me have Chuck Missler of Koinonia Institute explain it to you. It may be long but trust me, it is so worth it.
Excerpt from khouse.org
God announced very early that His plan for redemption involved the Messiah being brought forth from the tribe of Judah, and specifically from the line of David.. The succession of subsequent kings proved to be, with only a few exceptions, a dismal chain. As the succeeding kings of Judah went from bad to worse, we eventually encounter Jeconiah (also known as Jehoiachin), upon whom God pronounces a” blood curse” :”Thus saith the Lord, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.”(Jeremiah 22:30)
This curse created a rather grim and perplexing paradox: the Messiah had to come from the royal line, yet now there was a”blood curse” on that very line of descent! (I always visualize a celebration in the councils of Satan on that day. But then I imagine God turning to His angels, saying,”Watch this one!”)
The answer emerges in the differing genealogies of Jesus Christ recorded in the gospels. Matthew, as a Levi, focuses his gospel on the Messiahship of Jesus and presents Him as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Thus, Matthew traces the legal line from Abraham (as any Jew would) through David, then through Solomon (the royal line) to Joseph, the legal father of Jesus.
On the other hand, Luke, as a physician, focuses on the humanity of Jesus and presents Him as the Son of Man. Luke traces the blood line from Adam (the first Man) through to David– and his genealogy from Abraham through David is identical to Matthew’s. But then after David, Luke departs from the path taken by Matthew and traces the family tree through another son of David (the second surviving son of Bathsheba), Nathan, down through Heli, the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus
One should also note the exception to the law which permitted inheritance through the daughter if no sons were available and she married within her tribe.
The daughters of Zelophehad had petitioned Moses for a special exception, which was granted when they entered the land under Joshua.
I believe it was C.I. Scofield who first noted that the claims of Christ rely upon this peculiar exception granted to the family of Zelo-phehad in the Torah. Heli, Mary’s father, apparently had no sons, and Mary married within the tribe of Judah. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, of the house and lineage of David and carrying legal title to the line, but without the blood curse of Jeconiah. [I believe that every detail in the Torah — and the entire Bible — has a direct link to Jesus Christ. “The volume of the book is written of me.” (Psalm 40:7) [For a more detailed discussion, watch for our new book, Cosmic Codes — Hidden Messages from the Edge of Eternity, presently in publication.]”
Amazing, right? It proves that everything in the bible is interrelated and God is in every detail. God anticipated what was going to happen with the kings and used these 5 girls years and years before to make that petition. Imagine what would have happened if they did not obey the promptings of God?
Today, if God is asking you to do something, even if it’s scary, remember the daughters of Zelophehad. Who knows how you might affect the generations to come?
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]