Alright, so Number's didn't start off the best for me but dang it is still speaking to my soul day after day! Today's reading started off pretty boring but a certain section really jumped out to me. I wonder if the same section will speak to you? Or maybe something else entirely? Share what you like most and read my thoughts below!
Scripture to Read
Numbers 25 - 27
Questions to Consider
What does this teach me about God?
What does this teach me about humanity?
What about this scripture speaks to me? Why?
- My Thoughts -
So, chapter 27, The daughters of Zelophehad, I found to be so moving. This is a chapter where some women approach Moses and basically say "you can't give us nothing just because we are women." Moses, not knowing what to say confers with God, and the two of them basically go "crap, they have a point" and for the first time we see God give permission for women to be land owners rather than property of someone else. I don't mean to speak crap on God here, but it took a woman to speak up in order to move God's heart enough to recognize an injustice taking place. The late Ruth Bater Ginsburg is someone that reminds me of these daughters of Zelophehad. RBG fought her entire career for gender equality and for women's empowerment. We don't all need to do things as big as her, but I do believe that people such as her, and the daughters of Zelophehad inspire us to speak out to God when injustice is seen...and maybe, just maybe, it will be enough for God to intervene again. I don't know about you...but I think that's pretty dang cool.
God, give me courage to speak up on behalf of those whose voice is muffled by society. Help me to have the courage of the daughters of Zelophehad whose cry for justice was so poetic, so wonderful, that it moved even your heart, O God. I give glory for the saints who help build your kingdom, and I give glory to you who continues the bend the arc of the world towards a kingdom of love. I pray this to you now and always, amen.