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January 20, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Exodus 7-9
Audio: Exodus 7-9

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Numbers 36 (ESV)

The heads of the fathers’ houses of the clan of the people of Gilead the son of Machir, son of Manasseh, from the clans of the people of Joseph, came near and spoke before Moses and before the chiefs, the heads of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel. They said, “The Lord commanded my lord to give the land for inheritance by lot to the people of Israel, and my lord was commanded by the Lord to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother to his daughters. But if they are married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the people of Israel, then their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of our fathers and added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry. So it will be taken away from the lot of our inheritance. And when the jubilee of the people of Israel comes, then their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry, and their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.”

And Moses commanded the people of Israel according to the word of the Lord, saying, “The tribe of the people of Joseph is right. This is what the Lordcommands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad: ‘Let them marry whom they think best, only they shall marry within the clan of the tribe of their father. The inheritance of the people of Israel shall not be transferred from one tribe to another, for every one of the people of Israel shall hold on to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers. And every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the people of Israel shall be wife to one of the clan of the tribe of her father, so that every one of the people of Israel may possess the inheritance of his fathers. So no inheritance shall be transferred from one tribe to another, for each of the tribes of the people of Israel shall hold on to its own inheritance.’”

10 The daughters of Zelophehad did as the Lord commanded Moses, 11 for Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married to sons of their father’s brothers. 12 They were married into the clans of the people of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of their father’s clan.

13 These are the commandments and the rules that the Lord commanded through Moses to the people of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.

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  1. The Conclusion of Numbers

    In a rather anti-climatic way, the Book of Numbers ends. In this final chapter, Zelophehad's daughters stood to lose their inheritance in the year of Jubilee where all property would revert to its original owner or heir (Leviticus 25:8-17). If the daughters married outside of her tribe, their inheritance would be transferred to the tribe of their husband's tribes. To prevent this, the women were to marry from within their own tribe. 

    Certainly one lesson for people today is regarding marriage. 2 Corinthians 6:14 says, "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?" 

    Christians are to marry Christians. Because marriage is a spiritual union between two people above everything else, we are to only unite ourselves with those who share our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

    James 4:4 says, "Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."

    James isn't saying we are not to be friends with people who are outside of Christ but our friendship should not include participation in their sin or partnerships with those who are not believers. If a non-believing partner does things which are unethical, unbiblical and ungodly and a believer is legally tied to that person, both parties can be held liable. Because believers are to never bring reproach to the name of Christ, we should not be in binding agreements or contracts with unbelievers (and that includes marriage). 

    As we turn our focus towards Deuteronomy, may we continue to seek practical application for our daily readings and look for godly principles to live by as we live out our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

  2. Learning from His Word and applying it to my life is exactly what I prayed for this morning!

    I currently have no interest in or time for dating, but that is one thing I will never get wrong again – any future partner of mine, if there ever is one – will be a Christian. 

    Amen to that!

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