Friday, November 24, 2017

JEHOVAH'S Instruction For Inheritance of Zelophehad’s Daughters

Numbers 36:1-13 NIV

Inheritance of Zelophehad’s Daughters

1The family heads of the clan of Gilead son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, who were from the clans of the descendants of Joseph, came and spoke before Moses and the leaders, the heads of the Israelite families. 2They said, “When The LORD Commanded my lord to give the land as an inheritance to the Israelites by lot, he ordered you to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters. 3Now suppose they marry men from other Israelite tribes; then their inheritance will be taken from our ancestral inheritance and added to that of the tribe they marry into. And so part of the inheritance allotted to us will be taken away.4When the Year of Jubilee for the Israelites comes, their inheritance will be added to that of the tribe into which they marry, and their property will be taken from the tribal inheritance of our ancestors.”

5Then At The LORD'S Command Moses gave this order to the Israelites:

 “What the tribe of the descendants of Joseph is saying is right. 

6This Is What The LORD Commands for Zelophehad’s daughters: 

They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within their father’s tribal clan. 7No inheritance in Israel is to pass from one tribe to another, for every Israelite shall keep the tribal inheritance of their ancestors. 8Every daughter who inherits land in any Israelite tribe must marry someone in her father’s tribal clan, so that every Israelite will possess the inheritance of their ancestors. 9No inheritance may pass from one tribe to another, for each Israelite tribe is to keep the land it inherits.”

10So Zelophehad’s daughters did As The LORD Commanded Moses. 11Zelophehad’s daughters—Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milkah and Noah—married their cousins on their father’s side. 12They married within the clans of the descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in their father’s tribe and clan.

13These are the Commands and Regulations 

The LORD Gave through Moses to the Israelites on 

the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho.

Zelophehad’s Daughters

The heads of the tribe of Manasseh represent the evil which might follow, if the daughters of Zelophehad should marry into any other tribes. They sought to preserve the Divine Appointment of inheritances, and that contests and quarrels should not rise among those who should come afterwards. 

It is the wisdom and duty of those who have estates in the world, to settle them, and to dispose of them, so that no strife and contention may arise, especially after they pass away.

Those who consult the Oracles of GOD, concerning the making of their heavenly inheritance sure, shall not only be directed what to do, but their inquiries shall be graciously accepted. GOD Would Not Have one tribe enriched at the expense of another. Each tribe was to keep to its own inheritance. The daughters of Zelophehad submitted to this appointment. How could they fail to marry well, When GOD HIMSELF Directed them?

All our intentions and inclinations ought to be subjected to The Will of GOD, when that is made known to us, and especially in contracting marriage. Although The WORD of GOD Allows affection and preference in this important relation, it does not sanction that foolish, ungovernable, and idolatrous passion, which does not care what may be the end. All such conduct, however disguised, is against common sense, the happiness of the marriage relation, and, what is still more evil, against the Truth of CHRIST.

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