Our Father’s Daughter

Needless to say, my father grew up in a very masculine environment…

Numbers 27:1-23

Reference: v.7 (And the Lord said,) “What Zelophehad’s daughters are saying is right. You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father’s relatives and give their father’s inheritance to them.” (TNIV Bible)

Explore: My father grew up in a large family surrounded by boys.  He and his brothers worked hard on the land and then spent every chance they had tinkering with cars. They attended a church that had a strong male hierarchy, which still holds firmly to no women in leadership today.  Needless to say, my father grew up in a very masculine environment… until he was ‘blessed’ with three daughters!  From high pitched squeals, dolls, fashion, hair styles, bickering, sleep-overs and make up, it was clear to see that he was out numbered in a big way.  After surviving our childhood and adolescence, I could see that my father came to admire and respect each of his daughters separately.  I thought we may have tipped him over the edge when all three of us took on leadership roles in the church, however, by that stage our father had been able to see our dedication to God and what we had to offer His church.  Although we may not have turned out exactly how our father had first expected, he was willing to take his daughters as they were and support them in what they had to offer.

Application: Likewise in Numbers 27, God sees the daughters of Zelophehad for who they are, and blesses them with their father’s inheritance.  It may not have been the initial plan or the expectation of the leaders, yet God listens to His daughters and blesses them with what they ask of Him.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for hearing all of us in our time of need.  May we always turn to you for all that we need. Amen.

How do you need the support of your Heavenly Father?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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