Today’s passage: Numbers 36
- The daughters of Zelophehad (Numbers 27) had been promised a portion of the inheritance among their tribe. Others in the tribe were concerned that if they married outside of the tribe, the inheritance would go to other tribes. The concern was expressed and a conclusion was given.
- The solution to the problem was to ask the daughters to marry men within their own tribe, which they were willing to do.
- This situation may seem isolated and weird way to end the book. But, verse 9 holds a significant promise to all of Israel. They were about to enter the Promised Land, and with this solution from the Lord, came another affirmation of His promise. “Each of the tribes of the people of Israel shall hold on to its own inheritance.”
Questions to consider:
- In what way could what we read in this chapter serve as a model/illustration when there is confusion or concern in relationships or within the church today? To whom did those concerned go to express their question? What could have gone wrong? Why did it go well?
- How does the book of Numbers end? What does the final verse remind us of? To what does it point us forward?
- How would you summarize the book of Numbers? What did we learn about Israel? Our sin? God’s patience, grace and work of redemption? How can the book of Numbers point us to our need for Jesus Christ?