This was a time when women were ‘sold’ to men in marriage. Women did not own land or livestock – they were considered part of a man’s belongings and wealth.
But God breaks through all of this false thinking thousands of years ago in Numbers 27 by letting Zelophehad’s daughters inherit their father’s land.
God revealed what he really thought about the current cultural norms of treating women less than men. That wasn’t how he saw these things.
Sure, the head of the family clan (male) didn’t like it.
So the women were instructed to marry within their clan so that the land would stay within their group.
Just imagine this – 5 young unmarried women who would normally lack any kind of position in the community are now land owners. God’s love for his daughters is shining through – challenging this old culture.
And, I’m sure, as landowners, these young women had no trouble finding husbands. I wonder if these marriages were a little different because they began in a more equal position?
The culture did not treat women equally, but God did.
Thank you, Abba Father.