So did you dance in the rain barefoot or paint your footprints on some paper yesterday? Or if you live in the Southern Hemisphere then maybe you had the joy of ocean and sand (and we don’t envy you at all!!).
So today I want to introduce you to the ‘Daughters of Z’ just briefly ( and then tomorrow we will talk about this incredible concept called our ’Holy Chutzpah’ that will help you take these steps into a new year)
This story is found in Numbers 27 in the Bible and I read it a few years ago and felt like it was a profound word for women all over the world. As you know I have a huge passion for the feminine strength and I have actually just taught on it for A Seat At The Table Online Conference (hosted by Gather Women and it’s not too late to purchase the whole day! It was profound)
Zelophehad has five daughters, Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah (we will talk about these names in a few days); he has no sons.
Zelophehad is part of the generation of Israelites who departed from Egypt under Moses’ leadership and died during the forty years in the wilderness. His five daughters belong to the new generation that would enter and possess the promised land….. I love this ..
even as a daughter of wilderness you can take steps into your promise.
According to God’s command, the promised land is to be given only to those members counted in the census recorded in Numbers 26 (see 26:55-56). Since only men were counted in the census it meant that Zelophehad’s daughters would be left without an inheritance.
Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah step forward to appeal this regulation, stating their case in front of the sacred tent of meeting in the presence of Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and indeed the whole community (Num 27:2). They argue that their father’s name (lineage) should not be cut off from his clan just because he had no son and that they should be permitted to inherit his land portion (v. 4) in order to avoid this potential injustice to their father’s name (and property).
They are basically saying ‘we as women should be counted too’
Moses consults God, and God announces the decision to Moses: the proposal of the daughters of Zelophehad is to be implemented (v. 5–7). Then God declares a new regulation for order of inheritance: when there are no sons, daughters shall have first inheritance rights, followed by other male relatives in a set sequence (v. 8–11).
I love this – a powerful shift in tradition, culture and law occurs because some daughters stand strong in their own voice.
These daughters eventually receive their inheritance (Joshua 17:3–6). It was a journey and took a while but the bottom line is they
received what was rightfully theirs to possess and they stepped into their future.
Today I want to leave you with this thought to reflect on..
Imagine today is the day that the revelation came to you – “I have a right to that land/life/mindset/healing/relationship/opportunity and from this moment I am going to THINK through how I can step into that space”
How would you be different? Even from right this moment? How would it shape decisions and steps that you take today?
Take this thought into your day. I noticed today there were quite a few moments to react without this revelation OR respond as if I am carrying this revelation already within my soul. And I really had the opportunity to control it first within my thinking.
We have 38 days to go, and each day will be influenced by the way that you think in the core of your womanhood. Be intentional with this part of who you are. You can stand so strong in your feminine strength.
With you heart and soul