For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Then allotment was made to the people of Manasseh, for he was the firstborn of Joseph. To Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, were allotted Gilead and Bashan, because he was a man of war.
And allotments were made to the rest of the people of Manasseh by their clans, Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher, and Shemida. These were the male descendants of Manasseh the son of Joseph, by their clans.
Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, had no sons, but only daughters, and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
They approached Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the leaders and said, “The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance along with our brothers.” So according to the mouth of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brothers of their father.
Thus there fell to Manasseh ten portions, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is on the other side of the Jordan,
because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance along with his sons. The land of Gilead was allotted to the rest of the people of Manasseh.
Mercy and grace is given to the daughters for the one, Zelophedad, who had no sons. God is merciful to those without the standard covering or supply, and He provides for them in its place. Again, the truth of ‘ask and you shall receive’ is applied and honored. We are able to ask and receive as Jesus said – “You don’t have because you don’t ask.” Is the Lord our first resource or do we wait to ask until all other resources fail? We have needs; He is merciful and provides. God will have His glory. When we go to Him we honor Him through our recognition of who He is and what He does.
Take note also that the daughters knew the ‘word’ given to Moses. They were informed. We have the scriptures and knowledge of the living Word, Jesus Christ. We are armed then with the resources we need to be victorious in Him, through Him and by Him. When we exercise this knowledge, we are victorious, living in our promised land.
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