Numbers 27:1-7 NIV
1 The daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, belonged to the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. The names of the daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. They came forward 2 and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, 3 “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the Lord, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. 4 Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.” 5 So Moses brought their case before the Lord, 6 and the Lord said to him, 7 “What Zelophehad’s daughters are saying is right. You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father’s relatives and give their father’s inheritance to them.
As we are taking time to focus on God over these next few weeks, the mountains that seem so huge in our lives suddenly become manageable rocks as we gain a deeper understanding of how amazing our God is. In this passage the sisters focused on a loving and just God, and not the huge obstacle that they had to face. They were about to lose their land and property according to the laws of inheritance. The law was the obstacle, set to deprive them of their identity, and would leave them impoverished.
The five sisters however knew their law and they also knew their history. They understood their circumstances yet argued compellingly, highlighting their father’s loyalty to the Lord. For the women to approach not only Moses, but also the priest and leaders of the assembly took incredible courage. Despite being women with very few rights and no authority, they asked Moses to do something unprecedented: to change the law. They could have sat in their tents lamenting at the unfairness of their lives, no doubt struggling to reconcile the Yahweh they had been taught about and experienced throughout the desert – a God of love and fairness – with their impending displacement. Instead they chose to ask. Moses went to God, and God’s response demonstrated all that the sisters knew to be true of their Yahweh. When our prayers align to the character of God, history is made. Obstacles are removed. Change happens.
What obstacles are you facing in the year to come? How are you responding? Are your prayers aligned with God’s character? Do you believe that God can bring change?
Father, help me to have an even deeper understanding of who you are, and help me to trust you even more as I give you the mountains and obstacles in my life. Thank you that there are no obstacles too big for you, and that you do bring change. Amen.