I would like to apologize for missing yesterday’s episode. This past Saturday morning I had to have our 13 year old shih tzu, Sparky, put to sleep, and we just really had an emotionally draining weekend. I would have normally recorded yesterday’s episode on Sunday night, but I have to admit that I just wasn’t up to it.
Sparky was my little buddy. He was with me virtually every moment I was home. He would follow me to the door when I would leave the house, and greet me at the door when I would return. Many times I would have to pause my recordings and edit out noises he would make here in the studio. It would irritate me when it happened, but oh how I long for those little interruptions now.
So. I apologize for the missed episode. Let’s get on with my thoughts on today’s reading.
I’m sure you’ve heard it said that the Bible treats women as less than men. But in chapter 17 we read of one of the descendants of Manasseh, Zelophehad who had no sons, only daughters. These daughters went before Eleazar, Joshua and the leaders to remind them that the Lord had told Moses to assign them land. This message is recorded in Numbers 27. It seems that they just wanted to remind Joshua and the others of this promise, like Caleb had done in chapter 15. Note that Joshua treated the women fairly and with respect, and the land was indeed assigned to them.
And then near the end of the chapter, the decedents of Joseph came to Joshua to complain that they needed more space because their numbers were so great, and much of the land in their territory was forested hill country, and the Canaanites in the valley w
ere formidable enemies. Joshua’s response was, in essence: You have a lot of people? Good. That means you have a lot of hands able to work the land to clear the forests. And you have a lot of strong men who can defeat the Canaanites. Get to it.”
Don’t you love a fair and strong leader?
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