Parasha With Passion – Weekly Torah Reading Cycle – Week #41
Abba Loves His Girls
If you could do anything for the Kingdom of God and you knew that you could not fail, what great thing would you do for the Kingdom?
This week, In Parashat Pinchas we meet an extraordinary group of women. The daughters of Zelophehad found in Numbers 27:1-11.
The daughters of Zelophehad were women who had no rights in a patriarchal society. Their father died and left no son as an heir. Their father’s kinsmen would have inherited land that rightfully belonged to them. Therefore, the daughters of Zelophehad took their request to Moses.
In all of Israel, no woman had ever made such an appeal. However, we are most courageous when we have nothing to lose. I am encouraged that the daughters of Zelophehad had the chutzpah to approach Moses with their revolutionary request.
What is even more impressive is that Father God took notice of the daughters of Zelophehad and His favor was with them.
“Adonai answered Moshe, 7 “The daughters of Tz’lof’chad are right in what they say. You must give them property to be inherited along with that of their father’s brothers.”
Favor is permission to ask – permission to dream big “God” dreams. Favor is permission to make requests – to see those requests fulfilled – to see God do what only He can do. Favor becomes our anchor, when warfare contends with our promise, and discouragement comes to unseat us from our place of radical favor.
God heard the request of the daughters of Zelophehad. God turned His attention towards them. God’s favor was with them. God granted their requests. The daughters of Zelophehad became the first women in Israel to own land. Abba loves His girls. Our Father our King loves to prove Himself strong in the lives of His daughters. All we have to do is ask.
The great theologian Charles Briggs wrote, “If your ambition is to avoid the troubles of life, the recipe is simple: shed your ambitions in every direction, cut the wings of every soaring purpose, and seek a little life with the fewest contacts and relations.“
We do not want that, and God does not want it for us. To be significant is to be misunderstood. Tiny souls can dodge through life; bigger souls are blocked on every side. As soon as God begins to enlarge men and women their resistances are multiplied.
It is not easy being a revolutionary woman. Yet, the daughters of Zelophehad: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah would have had it no other way. God loves visionary women who are excited about Him.
The daughters of Zelophehad should inspire us to dream bigger. These extraordinary visionary women, not only achieved tremendous personal success, they shaped history, and forever changed the legal rights of inheritance concerning women in Israel. What big dream has God shown you?