Inheritance of Zelophehad’s Daughters (Numbers 36)

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Numbers 36

Questions:

1. Is there an heirloom in your family that gets passed down from generation to generation? Who gets it and why?

2. What does this continuation of our last post (Numbers 27:1 – 14) tell you about the overriding importance of tribal and clan unity for the Israelites?

3. How will this emphasis help them as they settle the land and settle their differences?

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Zelophehad’s Daughters (Numbers 27:1 – 14)

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Numbers 27:1 – 14

Questions:

1. What unresolved situation are you facing, for which you would like “special case consideration”?

2. What do you admire about these gutsy daughters (verses 1 – 4)?

3. How does this case-law (verses 8 – 11) affect property accumulation? Social relations? Economic justice?

4. If a merciful exception to God’s law could be found for Zelophehad’s daughters, why not for Moses (verses 12 – 14)?

5. Why is equality among believers important? In what areas is equality most important to you?

6. What does equality imply today: Uniformity? Fairness? “Special case” treatment under the law?

7. What will you do to bring more equality to your work or home situation?

8. Given the importance of Moses, what problems would his death bring Israel?

Additional Comment:

Because Moses had disobeyed God (Deuteronomy 20:1 – 13), he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. It is interesting he did get in hundreds of years after his death – while making a guest appearance with Jesus (Matthew 17:3; Mark 9:4; Luke 9:30).

Cities Of Refuge (Numbers 35:9 – 34)

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Numbers 35:9 – 34

Questions:

1. Where you work and live, where do people go to get away from the boss or the parent with an “axe to grind”?

2. Who was the “avenger of blood” (see Leviticus 24:17)? How would you explain to someone unfamiliar with the Bible what is the duty of the injured party’s nearest kin?

3. How would you describe the function of the cities of refuge?

  • Safety for criminals awaiting trial?
  • Time for relationships to heal?
  • Interruption of the vicious life-for-life principle?
  • Or something else?

4. If commissioned to create a feature film based on this passage, what would you entitle the film? Who would you cast in the following parts. . .

  • The hero?
  • The accused?
  • The mayor?
  • The blood avenger?
  • The victim or martyr?

5. In reference to Question #4, what does your casting reveal about your understanding of this passage?

6. Have you ever been accidentally hurt by a friend? How serious was this? How did this situation make you feel? How did it affect your friendship?

7. When you have conflicts with other Christians, how do you resolve them? How might a “city of refuge” help you to subdue your desire for revenge?