August 21, 2020

Numbers 27:1- end–This chapter is another interesting episode in human life that teaches about how to obtain your God-given rights. The children of Zelophehad (all women) were denied allotment of any inheritance because they were females. Their counterparts in the same family were given theirs because they were males. These women came to Moses to ask for their inheritance. Why should their father be punished because he died in the wilderness without having any male child. He did not rebel against Moses as Korah and the others did. Moses brought the matter to God and God told him the ladies were right, they should be given their father’s portion. If they had not asked, they would not have had any inheritance. Again it was the norm in Israel to divide the inheritance between male children because the ladies get married and moved away from the family. Now because they did not just accept it and started to murmur or complain against the situation, they went to ask from the LORD if they too could be considered for this blessing too. Sure the LORD says they were right and their portion was given to them. God also informed Moses to make sure that no one is ever denied again, and series of situations that could happen and how to address them were given to him.

I believe God allows somethings to happen so as to see our reaction. If the children of Israel had taken this route to always ask from God during the time they needed water, food, meat or whatsoever, their needs would have been met easily. Unfortunately instead of asking, they resulted to complaining which caused their death as a punishment for rebelling against Moses and God. Our Lord Jesus told us many times in the Scripture that we should ask from God whatever we need. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and you will receive, knock, and the door will be opened, seek and you shall find.” In another area, He says whatever you ask the Father in His name, the Father will do it to glorify His name. So we can see a practical example of how the LORD wants to meet our needs. It is through asking in prayer. Praying to God shows our dependence upon Him, and this is what He wants. We should trust that whatever our needs are, when we ask Him, He would grant them to us. Our Father is a good Father who knows our needs before we ask.

The LORD also informed Moses in this chapter that his time is up and that he should be getting ready to die. But before then, He asked him to come up to the top of the mountain to see the land that He promised the children of Israel. Moses then asked the LORD to appoint another leader that will go in and out among them. Here the LORD told him that Joshua, the son of Nun, was His chosen vessel to continue to lead them to the promised land. He gave him the charge of bringing him before the priest, Eleazar, and the congregation and lay hand upon him for empowerment. This is known as impartation, transfer of the anointing upon Moses to Joshua. Moses did as the LORD commanded him. Joshua had shown his dependence on God all through the journey, the Spirit of God helped him to stay focused on God. Joshua and Caleb were the only two people left out of their generation that did not rebel against God. It pays to be obedient to God. Isaiah 1:19 says, “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.” Both Caleb and Joshua enjoyed God to the end as we shall see in the other chapters. Let us learn from these lessons and put our focus on God who is able to keep us to the end. May His name be glorified in our lives in Jesus name, Amen. Remain blessed!

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