Numbers 27* The daughters of Zelophehad apply for an inheritance, The lawof inheritances. (1-11) Moses warned of his death. (12-14)Joshua appointed to succeed Moses. (15-23)1-11 The five daughters of Zelophehad considered themselves asleft destitute, having neither father nor brother to inherit anyland. Their believing expectation that the word of the Lordwould be performed in due season, and their desire of aninterest in the promised inheritance; and the modest, candidmanner in which they asked, without secret murmurs ordiscontents, are a good example. They ask for a possession inthe land of Canaan. Herein they discovered, 1. Strong faith inthe power and promise of God, concerning the giving of the landof Canaan to Israel. 2. And earnest desire of a place and namein the land of promise, which was a type of heaven. 3. Respectand honour for their father, whose name was dear to them now hewas gone. He never had done any thing that might bar hischildren's claim. It is a comfort to parents when they come todie, if though they have smarted for their own sin, yet they arenot conscious of any of those iniquities which God will visit ontheir children. God himself gives judgment. He takes notice ofthe affairs, not only of nations, but of private families, andorders them according to his will. The petition is granted.Those who seek an inheritance in the land of promise, shall havewhat they seek for, and other things shall be added to them. 12-14 Moses must die, but he shall have the satisfaction ofseeing the land of promise. This sight of Canaan signified hisbelieving prospect of the better country, that is, the heavenly.Moses must die, but death does not cut him off; it only bringshim to rest with the holy patriarchs. It is but to die as theydied, having lived as they lived; and as their end was peace,why should we fear any evil in the passage of that dark valley? 15-23 Envious spirits do not love their successors; but Moseswas not one of these. We should concern ourselves, both in ourprayers and in our endeavours, for the rising generation, thatreligion may be maintained and advanced, when we are in ourgraves. God appoints a successor, even Joshua; who hadsignalized himself by his courage in fighting Amalek, hishumility in ministering to Moses, and his faith and sincerity inwitnessing against the report of the evil spies. This man Godappoints to succeed Moses; a man in whom is the Spirit, theSpirit of grace. He is a good man, fearing God and hatingcovetousness, and acting from principle. He has the spirit ofgovernment; he is fit to do the work and discharge the trusts ofhis place. He has a spirit of conduct and courage; he had alsothe Spirit of prophecy. That man is not fully qualified for anyservice in the church of Christ, who is destitute of the gracesand gifts of the Holy Spirit, whatever human abilities he maypossess. And in Joshua's succession we are reminded "that thelaw was given by Moses," who by reason of our transgressioncould not bring us to heaven; but "grace and truth came by JesusChrist," for the salvation of every believer.
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