Today’s Tasting: Numbers 26-27 (NLT): The Lord commanded a second census of Israel, and told Moses that the land He had given them should be divided among the tribes, except for the Levites, who God had commanded should have no land-inheritance. Among those who were numbered in the census there were no survivors of the first census because the Lord had said they would die in the wilderness (see Day 60, Numbers 14:29-30). Five women, descendants of Joseph, “stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the tribal leaders, and the entire community at the entrance of the Tabernacle. ‘Our father died in the wilderness,’ they said. … ‘But he had no sons. Why should the name of our father disappear from his clan just because he had no sons? Give us property along with the rest of our relatives.’ So Moses brought their case before the Lord. And the Lord replied to Moses, ‘The claim of the daughters of Zelophehad is legitimate. You must give them a grant of land along with their father’s relatives. Assign them the property that would have been given to their father’” (Numbers 27:2-7).
One day the Lord told Moses to climb a mountain and look out over the land He had given to the people of Israel. He reminded Moses that he would not enter the land, but would die after he had seen it.
“Then Moses said to the Lord, ‘Lord, you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community. Give them someone who will guide them wherever they go and will lead them into battle, so the community of the Lord will not be like sheep without a shepherd’” (27:15-16). The Lord chose Joshua, and told Moses to present Joshua to Eleazar the priest before the whole community and publicly commission him to lead the people. And Moses did as the Lord commanded.
Today’s Nourishment: As we journey through life it’s important to always remember that God loves us and, because of His love, He has made provision for the needs that will arise in our lives. In today’s passage we see that God allowed Moses to make provision for the daughters of a man who died without sons. In those times a man’s inheritance went only to his sons. But these women were able to make their case and God showed them that He cared and would provide not only for them but for generations to come. God’s promises, His grace, and His love are available to women as well as to men. We are welcome to sit and feast on the Word of God and claim His promises as our own. God is our Father and so much more. Just as He provided for those women, He will open doors and make ways for us today. In addition, today’s passage shows that God always takes time to provide us with spiritual guidance and leadership from people who are grounded in His Word. When Moses asked God to provide a new leader, He chose Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the next stage of their destiny. God chose Joshua because he was faithful and obedient. In essence God was trusting Joshua to be His voice to the children of Israel. God makes the same provision for us today and will reveal to us people who are faithful to Him whom he has appointed as our leaders.
Here are some questions to ask ourselves: Am I faithful to God? Would my brothers or sisters in Christ be able to vouch for my character, actions, and lifestyle? If not, what needs to change?
What spiritual leadership has been placed in my life? Am I able to apply what they share with me?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Numbers 28-30
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