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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional (with audio)

 

By Detria Moore

🔴 Faith, Courage, and Honor: The Daughters of Zelophehad

Tradition is a beautiful way of recognizing time-honored customs, cultural beliefs, and practices. But tradition is sometimes meant to be broken, and it takes courage to go against societal norms, even when it’s done for the right reasons and with the best of intentions.

 Are you willing to go against culture to get what God has for you?

Five courageous women were willing to do just that.  

In Numbers 26, the people of Israel undergo a critical second census to establish the size of each tribe. The allocation of their portion in the promised land of Canaan depended on it. While women were not included in the census numbers, the five daughters of Zelophehad are mentioned individually by name (Numbers 26:33) to establish that they were from the tribe of Manasseh.  

Next, in Numbers 27:1-11, we read more about the five daughters of Zelophehad and how they courageously went against cultural norms. 

Tradition stated that if a man had no sons, his inheritance went to his nearest male relative, but NOT to his daughters. Rather than receiving an inheritance, daughters were given a dowry upon marriage. Well, Zelophehad died having no sons. And because the Children of Israel had an extended wilderness experience, it was challenging to find his nearest male relative. Having land solidified a leader’s legacy, no male heirs, meant no record of Zelophehad. 

Realizing that their silence could mean the extinction of their father’s name, these sisters operated in faith, courage, and honor. Their actions eventually changed the course of tradition!  

First, these daughters operated in FAITH by believing that Israel’s children would inherit and possess the promised land. Earlier, in Numbers 13, Moses sent 12 spies to scout out the land. Ten of these spies pronounce doubt and defeat at the very prospect of trying to conquer the people. But these five sisters, while still in the wilderness, had faith that they would walk in God’s already stated promises and possess what He’d already said they would have. What faith! 

Like Caleb and Joshua, the daughters of Zelophehad knew it was a matter of WHEN and not IF God would fulfill his promise. That is faith! These five sisters had faith enough to ask for an inheritance while they were still in the wilderness!  

Next, they COURAGEOUSLY approached Moses and Eleazor, right at the tent of meeting. In front of Moses, the high priest, the chiefs, and the congregation, they boldly requested their inheritance, completely ignoring tradition, which said they could not. 

Let’s think through this. 

At that time, women weren’t allowed to inherit property, and as they were unwed at that time, their status was not very high. It would have been easy to say nothing. It’s not like when moving day came, they would have been left on the outskirts of Canaan and not allowed to enter. They could have easily crossed into the promised land, set up their tents within Manasseh’s territory, and lived happily ever after, not worrying about anything or anyone past their generation. 

But that wasn’t enough for them. 

With courage, they went to the male leaders in front of all the congregation and made their requests known. It wasn’t just about securing their futures; they wanted to HONOR their father and make sure his legacy remained. Understand this was revolutionary in many ways. 

We must have faith that will move beyond the here and now. Faith that will set in motion blessings for future generations. And sometimes, this will take a measure of courage.  

Because these women had faith to request their father’s inheritance and honor his legacy courageously, they not only received it but a new statute and rule are declared, allowing future daughters to receive their father’s inheritance.

If you’re following the one-year Bible plan, you’ve read these incredible chapters. The Bible is a deep well of wisdom- take a moment and read Numbers 27 and 36 and see how faith and courage changed generations.

Ask yourself the following questions for personal application:

  1. Am I operating in faith?
  2. Do I think about how my actions might affect my legacy? Both in the good and the bad?
  3. Are there areas of my life where I need to ask for courage?
  4. What am I doing that’s going to set in motion change for generations to come?

 


Detria Moore, J.D. is a believer, wife, mother, college professor, intercessor, community servant, writer, speaker, and volunteer of all things. Above all else, she is enamored with her Savior. Her main goal is to serve the Lord, walk in a manner worthy of her calling, and bring glory to her Savior. Detria enjoys reading and teaching the Bible, praying for others, and walking the Lynchburg trails. 


This devotional was submitted by Detria Moore, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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Saturday, May 29, 2021

2 Samuel 14:1-15:22, John 18:1-24, Psalm 119:113-128, Proverbs 16:8-9

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Faith, Courage, and Honor: The Daughters of Zelophehad By: Detria Moore

A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 148

Contributing Writer: Stephanie Bright

 🔴 Look And Wait

Guiding Scripture: Psalm 34:5, “Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” Psalm 25:3, “Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame.”

In Psalm 34:5, the Psalmist reminds us that we will shine with the light of His glory as we look to God, and our faces will not be ashamed.

Shame is a grueling issue that many face in today’s society.

We may battle shame in private. We may be shamed by others. We may have even unfortunately been shamed by the church. Shame can overtake us, it can undermine us, and it can ultimately keep us out of God’s will and what He wants for our lives.

We often battle shame because we don’t take time to see God’s perspective on a matter. When we fall short… when we deliberately sin…when we miss the mark…we see all these experiences as reasons why no one should want us, love us, or grace us. We count ourselves out before we ever let God step in and speak truth and love over us.

We dismiss ourselves from the very table where God set a place for us.

Scripture reminds us that if we just take time to look upon the Lord, our faces would never be ashamed. When we encounter God’s presence, we find PEACE and LOVE. We experience all that we have been lacking, including and especially, GRACE.

When we seek God’s face and look to Him, we don’t have to leave with our heads hung low. We don’t have to walk out with our spiritual “tail between our legs.” When we look to God, we encounter holiness in its truest form. In those encounters, a conviction may come, but so will love. God is full of goodness, a virtue that will meet you in your mess. His love will meet you in your mistakes. His presence will meet you in your “miry clay.” Look to Him.

Now to close out this devotional, let’s discuss the topic of waiting.

In Psalm 25:3, it says, “Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame.”

As you read this, you may be waiting for something to blossom in your life. You’ve been holding on to God’s promises and trusting Him daily. After a while, it can get weary. It can become disheartening, breed disappointment, frustration, and exhaustion. These all can make you get to the point where you doubt yourself. You question if God is still working. Eventually, this doubt branches out and grows roots of shame. With this guilt, you begin to believe God isn’t worth your trust. You become ashamed that you “wasted time.”

I come to encourage you that if you wait on the Lord, you will never be put to shame. It is always worth it to remain in the Lord. His ways are higher. His ways are better. His path is sure and steadfast. He knows best and will bring that to pass.

We serve an Ephesians 3:20 type of God, so we know that He will do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask, think, or imagine.

Look to the Lord. Let His presence and glory shine upon you. Wait on the Lord. Trust in Him. In both looking onto Him and waiting on Him, shame has no place.

 

~Stephanie Bright

 

Stephanie Bright CEO of Christian Girls P.O.P

 


This devotional was written by Stephanie Bright a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose®. Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Friday, May 28, 2021

2 Samuel 13:1-39, John 17:1-26, Psalm 119:81-96, Proverbs 16:6-7

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 97

Written By Torrie Slaughter

🔴Reflect and Meditate

Psalm 78 is the second longest psalm after Psalm 119. It is historical and a psalm of wisdom. Today’s reading of verses 32-55 continues the journey through the exodus into the wilderness.
Reflect. That is what the Psalmist is asking the audience to do. Remember how you sinned against the Lord and how He held back His anger?
God provided and worked miracles, but they sinned.

When we think about God’s goodness and how He has blessed us, it is easy to forget to say thank you. The moment something goes awry, we call out to our Lord, wondering why we are undergoing such trials.

As you read Psalm 78:32-55, reflect on your life and what promises you’ve broken. Ask God to reveal the sins you’ve tried to cover and repent. When we seek His forgiveness and live in truth, the transformation will continue. God remembers that we are flesh, but we have Christ to follow as an example. 

 

 


 

 

 


This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional.

 


🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Deuteronomy 31:1-32:27, Luke 12:8-34, Psalm 78:32-55, Proverbs 12:21-23

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A Daily Purpose

Bible Study & Devotional Day 55

🔴 Humanity Rules

Can we focus on God?

Guiding ScriptureMark 7:6-8 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites, as it is written: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” 

Words to Ponder

  • Ritual- done following social custom or standard protocol
  • Hypocrisy- the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.
  • Apostasy- the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief.

Families pass down traditions according to their culture. Some religious observances are rooted in ritual rather than obedience to God. As we honor our Lord and Savior, we must intentionally seek His guidance. We avoid errors when we follow God and not please people. 

Jesus brings awareness, power, understanding, knowledge into our lives as we read the Gospels. The Pharisees and Scribes (Ephesians 4:18) spoke to their ritualistic ideals and not to the reverence of God our Father. Jesus tells us that the sins of the heart lead to abusive practices and defiles people. (Mark 7:14-16) Christ exposed the hypocrisy of the religious leaders. 

How do we focus our thoughts on God?

  1. We give Him our whole heart. 
  2. Worship with pure intention corporately and privately. 
  3. Teach through the love and wisdom Christ gives to His followers. 

As you read today’s assigned scriptures, think about your habits. Do they honor God or create a barrier between you and His people?

 ~Torrie Slaughter

 


 

 

 


This devotional was submitted by Torrie Slaughter, the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 


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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Leviticus 15:1-16:28, Mark 7:1-23, Psalm 40:11-17, Proverbs 10:13-14 

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