Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Numbers 27: 1-11
V7 “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.
In this passage the daughters of Zelophehad reached out to Moses asking why they should be treated differently and be denied their inheritance because they are not ‘sons’ but ‘daughters’ of their father. They were standing up against the discriminatory norms of that time. They were standing for what they believed was right. They were standing up against the social injustice that prevailed in that culture.
The Lord tells Moses that Zelophehad’s daughters were right in making their request.. The Lord clearly showed that He did not discriminate based on gender and gave them their rightful inheritance.
Many at times, we live in this world with our own biases and discriminatory attitude. But it is very clear from this passage that the Lord does not show favoritism based on gender or any other criteria. In the New Testament, even the apostles had a view that God favored some over the other. However in Galatians, it reminds us that ‘ There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female, since you all are one on Christ Jesus’. And ultimately, when it comes to our eternal inheritance, God does not show favoritism. We are all equal in God’s eyes.
Dear Lord, Help us to treat all human beings as one. Break all the barriers that divide and discriminate. Help us to understand that in Your eyes, we all are one. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Learn to see the world bias free
Ann John, St. John’s MTC, New York
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church