S (Scripture): Numbers 27:1 Then the daughters of Zelophehad…came forward. Now these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 2 And they stood before Moses and Eleazar the priest and the leaders of the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, 3 “Our father died in the wilderness, although he was not part of the company of those that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah; but he died for his own sin, and he had no sons. 4 Why should the name of our father be lost from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among the relatives of our father.”
5 So Moses brought their case before the Lord. 6 The Lord said to Moses: 7 “The daughters of Zelophehad have a valid claim. You must indeed give them possession of an inheritance among their father’s relatives, and you must transfer the inheritance of their father to them. 8 And you must tell the Israelites, ‘If a man dies and has no son, then you must transfer his inheritance to his daughter; 9 and if he has no daughter, then you are to give his inheritance to his brothers; 10 and if he has no brothers, then you are to give his inheritance to his father’s brothers; 11 and if his father has no brothers, then you are to give his inheritance to his relative nearest to him from his family, and he will possess it. This will be for the Israelites a legal requirement, as the Lord commanded Moses.’”
O (Observation): In a patriarchal world, we see a word of grace to the daughters of Zelophehad. Women had no rights to property, and they are left without a father. God shows grace. He declares that daughters have property rights, now.
God shifts the paradigm, allowing grace to shape the way forward.
A (Application): This may not seem like a big deal to us now, since women can own property just as men do in this country. Though it wasn’t that long ago that women could not vote in this country. We have come a long way…and yet we still have a ways to go.
Some don’t think that females should be pastors. Some site scriptures that speak against female pastors and some site other “practical” reasons.
Our God continues to show grace and mercy to all of us. Throughout the Scriptures (Old AND New Testament) God works through men AND women. Some of our great preachers and teachers today are women. I’m blessed to be friends with many female leaders in the church, and I cannot fathom our churches without these female leaders.
Sometimes, we have to get out of our own way and let God’s wisdom rise above our decisions.
How do you feel about female leaders in the church?
P (Prayer): Lord, help us to see your way, not just our way. Amen.