Numbers Chapter 27

30 Days of Prayer

Day 11

Pray for Christ’s love to be seen in the charity, humility, and compassionate service of his people to others: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35)

Numbers 27

1Then 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.

2And 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,

3Our 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.

4Why 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.

5And Moses brought their cause before the LORD.

6And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

7The 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.

8And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.

9And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren.

10And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father’s brethren.

11And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.

12And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel.

13And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered.

14For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.

15And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,

16Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

17Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

18And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

19And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

20And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

21And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

22And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:

23And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

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22 thoughts on “Numbers Chapter 27

  1. One of the 1st things Zelophehad’s daughters tell them is that their father was not apart of Korah’s rebellion. Why would this be important? Could be, that because they were approaching the son of Aaron, knowing his father and Moses’ authority had been challenged by the rebellion. It may help their case by clearing up that the father was in fact not rebellious towards them as leaders. But, instead that he died for his own sins in the desert, whatever they may be. At that time their was no law regarding this particular situation, but our wise Judge saw the hearts of the 5 daughters, and declared actions to be taken in their and more complex situations.

    God himself created humans, and he can clearly read the spirit of every one. No candidate can fool him by appearances, and he is far more able than Moses to select a worthy successor. This same spirit is present in Joshua, Moses’ appointed successor. His spirit- or God’s spirit with in him-
    is on alignment with his outward actions and gives him the wisdom and righteous characteristics required for the leader of God’s people. While our actions speak volumes about the state of our hearts, that’s only half the battle, for even good actions can be performed with sinful motives. Thank you Jesus the True Physician, that we can turn to you to bring our inner and outer lives into alignment.

  2. v 15-17
    Moses said to the Lord, “May the Lord the God of the spirits of all mankind, appoint a man over this community to go out and come before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”

    God has just reaffirmed to M oses that he will not be allowed to lead the children into the Promised Land. Moses’ reaction could have been anger, jealousy or any of many other emotions. Yet, we see that it is the reaction of compassion as he prays for the one who will lead the children in his stead

  3. 19And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

    20And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

    Moses was charged to place some of his honor upon Eleazar in front of the congregation.
    In Genesis 33: 14, after Moses intervened for the people after the worship of the golden calf, God speaks to Moses telling him ” My presence shall go with thee…”. There must have been a presence of God of some type placed upon Eleazar-something the people could either see or feel so that after Moses was gone, they would still have this reminder : that everything that Moses had taught them about God was real, that it didn’t just end when Moses died. And like was said prior, Moses did not react with jealousy when asked to prepare the next leading men -he truly was concerned for his people, and wanted them to always be right with God.

  4. agine, us being God’s children, we are truly blessed. I am waiting for my inheritance, my promised land. As it says in verse 8-11

    8And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.

    9And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren.

    10And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father’s brethren.

    11And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.

    It is amazing how inheritance works that if you don’t have a son, your daughter receives it and if you don’t have a son or daughter it goes to your brethren and if you are not blessed with either a son or daughter or a brethren it goes to your father’s brethren, if there is no son, daughter, brethren, or your father’s brethren it goes to your kinsman that is closer to you of your family, I believe a friend is what they are saying in this passage.
    Wow!!!! God bring on the blessings. Drown me in your love. Fill me with your spirit more and more each and every day. Take me to a place where I have never been, Take me to The Promise Land.

  5. 2 STEP LEADERSHIP

    16Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
    17Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

    We see recognition of the 2 STEP LEADERSHIP by Moses, in the fact that he (MOSES) was prepared and able to bring the children of Israel out of the severe bondage of Egypt, however unable to Lead those same people to their destined promised land.

    I have many thoughts on this subject:
    1. Leaders must continually grow themselves to keep moving forward.
    2. The same weakness that sent Moses to the wilderness (murder); kept him in the wilderness (smote the rock). (Anger)
    3. Obey GOD regardless of what the people say; they complained anyway. (Should have went into Canaan when GOD said.)
    4. Plan a graceful exit. Moses recoginaized Joshua for his faithful, positive attitude towards GOD and his promises.

    Moses stated his failure in verse 17 “which may lead them out, and which may bring them in;”. identifying 2 STEP LEADERSHIP.

    iPray

  6. The beginning of this chapter talked about a petition that the daughters of Zelophehad made. It made me think that If you know that you are God’s child and his promises are yours, don’t let anybody or anything tell you different. The devil will try and tell you that this is not for you, you’ve done to much to be forgiven; but, that is a lie. The daughters of Zelophehad received their inheritance because they knew who their Daddy was!

  7. 17Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

    Moses could have started asking God about letting him cross over. He could have tried to intercede on his own behalf to go into the promised land.

    After all, moses had been promised and no doubt hoped for the day when he would touch that blessed soil.

    He probably imagined what life would be like when he finally got there.

    However, Moses did not plead with the Lord to let him in because Moses was a true shepherd.

    His only concern that he voiced was about the congregation. It was as he was saying ” ok lord as you wish but please don’t leave them without a leader, please give the sheep a shepherd!”

  8. 18And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

    Being chosen to lead a nation into the promise land.

  9. v 18 ” And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun,”
    Moses prayed that HOD would appoint the right man ” So the LORD said to Moses
    ” Take Joshua ” I love that GOD is so specific
    HE even gives A name when we pray in faith and wait upon the LORD.
    GOD had been preparing Joshua since his youth . He was called ” the attendant of Moses from his youth.”
    What a privilege… To learn the disciplines of study, prayer, godliness, wisdom of the ministry and leading GOD’S people from our Moses . GOD could be preparing you to be a Joshua. Stay close to GOD’S man in prayer.
    GOD has everything under HIS control.
    GOD IS SOVEREIGN .

  10. If God has promised you something hold to that promise don’t let family, friends tell you that the promise is in the past and it is not going to come true. Leave the conversation quick cause God word don’t lie…….I am waiting for my promises from God. If you will believe you will receive

  11. The spirit of Caleb was upon these sisters. Where Caleb said, I was made a promise, these girls said my father was made a promise, he was given an inheritance. Young people hold on to the promises that God has given your parents.

  12. The God of wrath is also a God of compassion and judgement.Having no sons and 5 daughters of my own I was glad when He did not exclude women from receiving the inheritance. Also a God of judgement He remembered when Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it. He still honored Moses when God said “Put SOME of your honor upon Joshua”. Joshua would be the new leader of Israel. God said in one of the past chapters He would give his prophets dreams and visions ,But To Moses He would speak face to face. What an Honor!!!

  13. Perfect chapter for those who think that having a pastor is not necessary to read. Sheep always have and will need a Shepard. Sheep don’t know they need a Shepard… But God knew all along. Sometimes it takes a dead wolf for the sheep to be thankful.

  14. Being bought into the vision of God means being part of something bigger than you that will outlast you. Our sights should be set with the eternal in mind.

  15. God laid out laws for inheritance. He shows in this chapter that even women deserved the blessing that their father could leave them, breaking the notion that women were not important.

  16. Moses did not make this decision on his own, but he sought counsel from the Lord. Seeking counsel from God and following after it, will never lead you astray. Sometimes we try to make decisions on our own and we end up doing the wrong thing, but if we listen to the voice of God, we can see the next level.

  17. 16Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

    17Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

    God’s plan for appointing a Shepherd over his sheep.

  18. This chapter illustrates order. “And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation. And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.” When the Lord chooses a person than the Lord’s work will be done, whereas when man chooses a person than man’s work will be done. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  19. 16Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
    17Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

    Having been a part of many congergations as I grew up, I unfortunately got to see many places where the people were as sheep with no shepards. There are often many causes for this, but unfortunately the outcome is often the same and many people get hurt. As blessed as we are, we should make this a prayer for the entire world, that all God’s people would have a shepard whom cares and fights for them…

  20. Inheritance:
    it is interesting to me that it does not say to give inheritance to the church. You should give it to son, daughter, his brothers, father’s brother, and then someone in the family.

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