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Friday, September 23, 2016

Remember Our Inheritance

The Israelites looked forward to their inheritance from God.  It was so important to them that when it was threatened, they were ready to do whatever it takes to hold on to it.

Then the heads of the clans of Gilead--descendants of Makir, son of Manasseh, son of Joseph--came to Moses and the family leaders of Israel with a petition. They said, "Sir, the LORD instructed you to divide the land by sacred lot among the people of Israel. You were told by the LORD to give the grant of land owned by our brother Zelophehad to his daughters. But if they marry men from another tribe, their grants of land will go with them to the tribe into which they marry. In this way, the total area of our tribal land will be reduced. Then when the Year of Jubilee comes, their portion of land will be added to that of the new tribe, causing it to be lost forever to our ancestral tribe." (Numbers 36:1-4 NLT)

Their concern was valid.  The inheritance would be passed down from generation through the men, in the family.  But what happens when the parents only have daughters?  What will happen to their inheritance then?  So, Moses inquired of the LORD.

So Moses gave the Israelites this command from the LORD: "The claim of the men of the tribe of Joseph is legitimate. This is what the LORD commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad: Let them marry anyone they like, as long as it is within their own ancestral tribe. None of the territorial land may pass from tribe to tribe, for all the land given to each tribe must remain within the tribe to which it was first allotted. The daughters throughout the tribes of Israel who are in line to inherit property must marry within their tribe, so that all the Israelites will keep their ancestral property. No grant of land may pass from one tribe to another; each tribe of Israel must keep its allotted portion of land." (Numbers 36:5-9 NLT)

So, how about you?  Is your inheritance from God important to you?  To what extent will you go to hold on to it?  Do we remember our inheritance from God?