In honor of international women’s day on tomorrow, March 8th, I thought I would reminisce about the courageous daughters of Zelophehad: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. Their story is found here: Numbers 27:1-11.
Seeking justice is rarely an easy feat. For these ladies, living in a culture where women barely had any rights, and were not even considered worthy of being counted in the census, it was even more challenging. However, fear was not a factor for them. Even if they felt fear, they certainly did not let it hold them back. They had a will to see justice served. And that will drove them to confront wrong, so that right could prevail.
Because they were women, the inheritance their father left behind was not going to be given to them. But they were not about to sit around and let that happen! They boldly approached Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and all of the congregation and challenged the status quo and requested that the laws be changed. Moses took their case before the Lord. The Lord told Moses to give them their property, and their request was granted! It was declared that when a man dies and has no sons, his inheritance should go to his daughters.
What an inspiring story that challenges us not to settle, but to stand for what is right and speak up when necessary. God has already gone before us (Deuteronomy 31:8) and prepared the right opportunities, but fear can cause us to miss the opportunities He has prepared. God’s power working in us, will help us to do what we need to do, when we need to do it. Nothing is too hard for God. As we are reminded in Romans 8:31, when God is for us, who can be against us?
The daughters of Zelophehad: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. They inspire us to take a stand.