• William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 3, 2021

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 7-8

I Chronicles 7:15 And Machir took to wife the sister of Huppim and Shuppim, whose sister's name was Maachah;) and the name of the second was Zelophehad: and Zelophehad had daughters.

Remember Zelophehad? He was introduced to the reader of the Bible way back in Numbers 26:33. He was, one of only three men that the Bible states had no sons, only daughters. In fact, he had five daughters that are heroes of Christians, or should be. His daughters had the temerity and courage to approach Moses asking about the laws of inheritance. You see, since Zelophehad had no sons, the transfer of his inheritance is in question. They asked Moses if there was any way they could inherit that which belonged to their father seeing they had no brother. Moses took the time to consider the dilemma and made sure to take it before the Lord (Numbers 27:5). The Lord gave His answer to Moses, which was yes, they could inherit their father's lands and possessions. Later this ruling was clarified (Numbers 36:6) that daughters in the case of those of Zelophehad must only marry within their own tribe.

Why is this important? Why should the daughters of Zelophehad be heroes to believers today? In one sense they are heroes for their courage. When they spoke to Moses about this issue they did so in front of not only Moses, the man of God, but before Eleazar the priest, and the princes of all the congregation. In the patriarchal society in which they lived this took courage. But there is another reason. One in which we will not go into detail so that we do not "get into the weeds" and lose sight of its significance.

Without the laws of inheritance being challenged by these daughters of Zelophehad, the Lord Jesus' right to the throne of David through Mary could be brought into question and even disqualified. Of the two genealogies of Christ one (Matthew) traces the Lord's right to the throne through Joseph, his adoptive father, one (Luke) through Mary His mother [this accounts for the differences in these two]. The laws of inheritance as explained in light of the question of the daughters of Zelophehad remove all doubt, if any existed, in Christ's right to the throne of David.

Until tomorrow, live for that Greater King of David, the Lord Jesus Christ today.

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