Numbers 27 is a significant chapter that highlights important developments in Israelite law and leadership. It deals with the inheritance rights of daughters and the appointment of Joshua as Moses' successor. Key aspects of the chapter include:
Inheritance Rights of Zelophehad's Daughters: The chapter begins with the daughters of Zelophehad approaching Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the leaders, to request an inheritance from their father's estate, as he had no sons. Their plea leads to a landmark decision where God instructs Moses to grant their request, establishing a precedent in inheritance laws for daughters.
Broader Implications for Inheritance Laws: Following this case, God provides Moses with more detailed laws on inheritance. If a man dies without a son, his inheritance is to pass to his daughter. If there are no children, the inheritance goes to his brothers, then to his father's brothers, and finally to the nearest relative in his clan.
Appointment of Joshua as Moses' Successor: God tells Moses that he will not enter the Promised Land and instructs him to appoint Joshua son of Nun as his successor. Joshua is described as a man with the spirit of leadership, and Moses is to invest him with some of his authority so that the whole Israelite community will obey him.
The Ceremony of Commissioning Joshua: Moses follows God's command and, in the presence of Eleazar the priest and the whole community, lays his hands on Joshua, conferring authority on him. This act ensures the continuity of leadership and the community's stability.
Moses' Role in Preparing Joshua: Moses' willingness to prepare Joshua for leadership demonstrates humility and concern for the future of the Israelites. He ensures that the people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.
Numbers 27 is crucial in advancing legal and leadership structures within the Israelite community. The chapter's rulings on inheritance rights show an evolution in the legal system to include greater fairness and equity. The appointment of Joshua as leader marks a significant transition in Israel's history, setting the stage for the next phase of their journey into the Promised Land.

Numbers 27

1  Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.

2  And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,

3  Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons.

4  Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.

5  And Moses brought their cause before the LORD.

6  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

7  The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.

8  And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.

9  And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren.

10  And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father's brethren.

11  And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it: and it shall be unto the children of Israel a statute of judgment, as the LORD commanded Moses.

12  And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel.

13  And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered.

14  For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.

15  And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,

16  Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

17  Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

18  And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

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19  And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

20  And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

21  And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

22  And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:

23  And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

End of Numbers 27

1 Year Plan:  Mar 9 - Num 26, Num 27, Num 28,  Ps 28

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