Numbers 36* The inheritance of the daughters of Zelophehad. (1-4) Thedaughters of Zelophehad are to marry in their own tribe. (5-12)Conclusion. (13)1-4 The heads of the tribe of Manasseh represent the evil whichmight follow, if the daughters of Zelophehad should marry intoany other tribes. They sought to preserve the Divine appointmentof inheritances, and that contests and quarrels should not riseamong those who should come afterwards. It is the wisdom andduty of those who have estates in the world, to settle them, andto dispose of them, so that no strife and contention may arise. 5-12 Those who consult the oracles of God, concerning themaking of their heavenly inheritance sure, shall not only bedirected what to do, but their inquiries shall be graciouslyaccepted. God would not have one tribe enriched at the expenseof another. Each tribe was to keep to its own inheritance. Thedaughters of Zelophehad submitted to this appointment. How couldthey fail to marry well, when God himself directed them? Let thepeople of God learn how suitable and proper it is, like thedaughters of Israel, to be united only to their own people.Ought not every true believer Israel, to be united only to theirown people. Ought not every true believer in Jesus, to be veryattentive in the near and tender relations of life, to be unitedonly to such as are united to the Lord? All our intentions andinclinations ought to be subjected to the will of God, when thatis made known to us, and especially in contracting marriage.Although the word of God allows affection and preference in thisimportant relation, it does not sanction that foolish,ungovernable, and idolatrous passion, which cares not what maybe the end; but in defiance of authority, determines uponself-gratification. All such conduct, however disguised, isagainst common sense, the interests of society, the happiness ofthe marriage relation, and, what is still more evil, against thereligion of Christ. 13 These are the judgments the Lord commanded in the plains ofMoab. Most of them related to the settlement in Canaan, intowhich the Israelites were now entering. Whatever new conditionGod, by his providence, brings us into, we must beg him to teachus the duties of it, and to enable us to do them, that we may dothe work of the day in its day, the duty of a place in itsplace.
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