by Rev Joel Yong
Numbers 36:6 ESV
This is what the Lord commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, Let them marry whom they think best, only they shall marry within the clan of the tribe of their father.
Lest people say the Bible is old fashioned and does not respect women – here we have women being free to marry, with only one guideline, that the wealth of the family be preserved by marrying within the clan.
Perhaps you might say – “But restricting it to only clan members, that’s still not complete freedom!”
God was interested in building up the people of Israel at this point. Tribe by tribe, He gave each their portion, like a father dividing wealth amongst children.
Unbalanced wealth would quickly lead to envy and jealousy arising in this new nation, when harmony and unity was of prime importance!
Numbers 36:7 ESV
The inheritance of the people of Israel shall not be transferred from one tribe to another, for every one of the people of Israel shall hold on to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.
He preserved the freedom of the womenfolk with radical guidelines on marriage in an ancient time and yet gave economic guidelines for the people of Israel!!
Great is God’s wisdom!