-The God given laws for inheritance between tribes that intermarried was dealt with in this completing chapter of Numbers. The case of the daughters of Zelophehad came up again. Apparently they had desires for possibly marring outside of their tribe, and the tribal leaders approached Moses on getting a definite ruling on this case since the daughters were given an inheritance that would be lost due to their intertribal marriages. The LORD commanded that they marry within the tribe of their family in these cases to alleviate confusion in years of Jubilee when the rights reverted back to the original ownership within tribes. This law was followed by the daughters and they ended up marrying their uncle’s sons and their inheritance was secured (Numbers 27:1-14; 36:1-12).
-The book ends with this statement, “These are the commandments and the ordinances which the LORD commanded to the sons of Israel through Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan opposite Jericho (Numbers 36:13).”
-*Application* Inheritance situations can be very tricky and sticky situations within families. This passage helps us see that compromise and conciliation work best to remedy these arduous circumstances when rational logic and a word from the LORD are used. Also, the Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:1-12 that we should learn from the experience of these sojourners in the book of Numbers. As the book comes to a close, reflect on what the LORD has taught you about not longing for the sinful pleasures of the past and taking heed to His every message for you. Resist grumbling and complaining, and do not try the LORD. Have no idols nor engage in immorality. These are the primary lessons of a great book in the Holy Scriptures inspired by God.
Verse to Memorize: Numbers 36:9