The daughters of Zelophehad is an obscure story in the OT that fascinates. The first time I took note of this scripture was about 10 years ago. I was struggling because my gift set – prophecy, teaching, leading, were considered for men only by some. So I struggled with my desire to walk in my gifts. I wandered “What was wrong with me because I wanted to do what was deemed in my circle at that time, ‘For men only’ ”
But these sisters did not allow social convention to dictate their inheritance. No! They asked Moses to ask God. God replied, “Give my daughters their inheritance.” I too sought God’s heart on the matter. I asked him for my inheritance and His reply to me was the same, “Give my daughter her inheritance.”
God has given each of us a glorious inheritance and sometimes we have to fight to posses it. No, we do not war against flesh and blood but we do have to fight. We have to rally against the lies of the enemy that will tell us we aren’t worthy, or good enough or the wrong gender or the wrong race. We sometimes have to fight against traditions and cultural norms. We may need to persevere in the face rejection and ridicule. But possessing our inheritance, being the man and women God has called us to be is so worth the fight!
The daughters of Zelophehad were brave women to take possession of what was rightfully theirs. We must demonstrate the same courage and began to take back our inheritance that God has freely given us from the enemy. It’s my inheritance and I want it NOW!
The daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, belonged to the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. The names of the daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. They came forward and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the Lord, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.” (Numbers 27:1-4 NIV)