Numbers 27 Outline
– Zelophehad’s daughters received an inheritance of land among the Israelites (Numbers 27:1-11)
– Moses commissioned Joshua to be the next leader of the Israelites (Numbers 27:12-23)
Numbers 27 Summary
Zelophehad had 5 daughters and no son. Zelophehad was one of the followers of Korah and he was killed along with him. Zelophehad’s daughters were Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah. One day, Zelophehad’s 5 daughters went to Moses to appeal for a property among their father’s relatives. Moses discussed about the issue with God. God replied that it is right Zelophehad’s daughters should receive an inheritance of land just like their father’s relatives.
If a man die and don’t have any son, his inheritance will be given to his daughter. If he has no son or daughter, he should give his inheritance to his brothers. If he has no brothers, his inheritance should be given to his father’s brothers. If he has no brother, he should give his inheritance to the nearest relative in his clan.
God commanded Moses to go up the mountain in the Abarim range and see the land of Canaan for the last time. After that, he will die and Joshua will succeed him as the leader of the Israelites. God commanded Moses to take Joshua, son of Nun, a man who was filled with the spirit and lay hand on him.
Moses must have Joshua stand before Eleazar the high priest and the entire community of Israel and commissioned him to be the next leader of the Israelites. Moses is to give some of his authority to the Israelites so that they will obey him. He was to stand before Eleazar, who will obtain decisions for him by using the Urim. Moses did as God commanded him and he commissioned Joshua to be the next leader of the Israelites before Eleazar the high priest and the entire Israelites community.
Numbers 27 Bible Study
1. Each person is punished for his own sin
Zelophehad’s daughters appealed their case to Moses that they deserved a piece of land as well just like other Israelites since their father had died along with Korah in a rebellion against God. In Deuteronomy 24:16, father should not die for their sons nor sons die for their fathers. Everyone is to die for his own sin.
2. God searches the hearts of all men
In Numbers 27:16, God is the God of the spirits of all flesh. In Romans 8:27, God who searches our hearts know what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. In Psalm 44:21, God knows the secrets of our hearts. In Psalm 139:23, God knows our heart. He will test us and he know our anxious thoughts.
3. Be equipped for God’s service
Joshua, son of Nun, who was in the spirit, was chosen to succeed Moses as the next leader of the Israelites. Anyone who wants to get involved in serving God must be equipped so that he can serve God effectively (Ephesians 4:12; 2 Timothy 4:5; 2 Timothy 2:20-21).