Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.
And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,
Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin,and had no sons.
Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.
And Moses brought their cause before the LORD. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them. Num 27:1-7;
It is possible for God to make a new decree or change existing laws and norms because of one man! That exactly was what happened in the above scripture. For ages, the Jewish laws, customs and traditions made no provision for allocation of inheritance to female children; in fact, during census and head counting of the tribes of Israel, only male children were reckoned with or numbered; records of female children were not considered important since they had no right to retain any inheritance of their fathers in their own personal names. This was the situation when Zelophehad died leaving five daughters without any male child to bear up his name or take over his inheritance among the tribe of Manasseh according to existing practice.
Following the death of Zelophehad, his five daughters were about to lose the inheritance left behind by their father since there was no male child who could stand in their late fatherís name and maintain his position among the tribe of Manasseh. However, these five ladies would never agree to lose that which legitimately belonged to them; they strongly resisted and stood their ground against the inequitable law that attempted to rob them of their inheritance. They could have accepted their fate and kept silence, but they decided to take the matter to Moses and all elders of Israel to get justice. It is not impossible that some other persons who had earlier found themselves in similar situation that Zelophehadís daughters found themselves, had simply accepted the position and did nothing to challenge the status quo, but for these five ladies, anything that would deny them what legitimately belonged to them, was totally unacceptable!
It is not on records that any one stood to make a case for or defended the course of the daughters of Zelophehad before the elders and council of judges, they stood by themselves and jointly raised their voice against what they considered evil embargo upon their generation. In judging the matter, the council of elders, priests and judges must have been divided over what position to take, which obviously necessitated Mosesí taking the matter to God - the greatest Judge of all Judges for divine verdict. The position of the Almighty God on the matter was straightforward and clear: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them. God has spoken. That settles it! When God speaks, all arguments must cease, His words can never fall to the grounds, His counsel must be performed to the letter! The daughters of Zelophehad succeeded in breaking the jinx, the embargo of many years was lifted over their lives because they stood their ground. By heavenís injunction, they possessed their possession and entered into their inheritance straightaway!
Today, a lot of people are living under various kinds of embargoes which have limited their progress and breakthrough in life. Unfortunately they are satisfied with the situation and have accepted their fate. Truth is, as long as you are comfortable with your present situation, it is not possible for you to experience any meaningful change in your life! The five daughters of Zelophehad were completely dissatisfied with their situation and that was why they resisted the evil embargo of man-made laws and injunctions over their lives. Have you noticed some forms of embargoes in your life or family linage which have particularly made it impossible for you to make progress? The first step to take is to resist them in the name of the Lord. If it was possible for the daughters of Zelophehad to break the jinx which prevented them from possessing their possessions, it is possible for you too! Donít ever be deceived, God will not reject for you what you have willingly decided to accept! If you remain silent or passive, nobody will plead your course, youíve got to cry to the Almighty God to lift all evil embargoes upon your life.
Dearly beloved, it is possible for God to create a new law because of you! It is interesting to know that because of the daughters of Zelophehad, God gave a new instruction which became a law from that day that if a man dies without a male child, his inheritance shall automatically pass to his daughters. The daughters of Zelophehad set a new record! It is not Godís desire that you should live under restrictions of any kind. The life that Jesus Christ brought to you is abundant life, and nobody has the right to place any embargo upon your life. If the Lord Jesus Christ dwells in you, you are different, and because you are different, you should never suffer the same fate with the people of the world. Seek to know Godís promises concerning your life and stand against every satanic embargo that attempts to reduce and limit you. You are a special breed; you are the son of the King of Kings, Arise, Shine!
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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