First Week After Epiphany, Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Then the daughters of Zelophehad came near. Zelophehad was the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh. Zelophehad’s daughters belonged to the family groups of Manasseh son of Joseph. The daughters’ names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. They went to the entrance of the Meeting Tent and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and all the people. They said, “Our father died in the desert. He was not one of Korah’s followers who came together against the LORD, but he died because of his own sin, and he had no sons. Our father’s name will die out because he had no sons. Give us property among our father’s relatives.”
So Moses brought their case to the LORD, and the LORD said to him, “The daughters of Zelophehad are right; they should certainly get what their father owned. Give them property among their father’s relatives.
“Tell the Israelites, ‘If a man dies and has no son, then everything he owned should go to his daughter. If he has no daughter, then everything he owned should go to his brothers. If he has no brothers, then everything he owned should go to his father’s brothers. And if his father had no brothers, then everything he owned should go to the nearest relative in his family group. This should be a rule among the people of Israel, as the LORD has given this command to Moses.’”
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
In these days of uncertainty, our attention draws away from you towards global pandemic cases, deaths, hardships, and anxieties. Mother earth is in trouble. So many conditions seem are out of our control. We are concerned for younger generations. But through the ages, you have taken care of all who are in need. We feel your comfort as we hear you tell the story of Zelophehad’s daughters.
Thank you for the inheritance you have for us. Thank you for the daughters of Zelophehad who show us how to ask for what we need and want. They show us how to work in community and how we are of value to you.
I trust in your mercy today, Almighty Yahweh, and thank you for…
Your commands for living are wise and loving, LORD. We seek to follow your ways so all people will know that your love is boundless. Stir within us so we will be aware of those in our community who are in need, and ready ourselves to follow your ways.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler
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