Today's devotion from Numbers 27.
Numbers 27 should be read by more people. There's a lot going on in this chapter that is important within the redemptive-historical arc of scripture. However, there are other, more subtle, importances to account for as well. For example, there are many caricatures of believers that could be addressed in this one short section of scripture, many of which deal with power.
First, the notion of biblically mandated/approved misogyny is dispelled in the treatment of Zelophehad's daughters. Many in our society falsely assume that women were lower than cattle in Israel's society. This is proven false by their inclusion in property rights. Second, I love the interaction in Numbers 27 between God and Moses concerning the line of succession. He didn't argue with God to see enter the Promised Land or that his children should be given hereditary power like Aaron's.
What was on Moses' heart? "So Moses appealed to the Lord, “May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all, appoint a man over the community who will go out before them and come back in before them, and who will bring them out and bring them in, so that the Lord’s community won’t be like sheep without a shepherd." (Numbers 27:15-17, CSB)
How incredible! Even as God is implying that his life is about to end, Moses' concern was for the community of God. The people who had rebelled, argued, fussed, and accused him almost every step of the way were the very ones he was concerned for. This is why he was the leader of Israel and Korah wasn't.
Many people want to accuse the church of being only concerned about power and money. Truth be told, there are believers that are guilty of those accusations. However, those words shook me. How sad that we live in a culture in which being selfless is so different that it is actually startling to see lived out so vividly?
Where are you in life right now? Are there areas in which you need to start looking ahead and preparing to moving forward? It's hard because it takes faith mixed with obedience, but it is important in progressing the plan of God.