All God’s Women with Sharon Wilharm

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Daughters of Zelophehad – They Fought For Women’s Rights

Unless you’ve spent a lot of time studying the Old Testament, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tizrah. They’re first introduced in Numbers 27 when Moses is conducting the second census of Israel. The purpose of the census was to determine their military strength as well as to distribute the family land grants in Canaan. 

At the time, women held no property rights. When a man died, his inheritance went to his sons. If he had no sons, it went to his brothers. But the five daughters of Zelophehed felt this was unfair. So together as a group, they went to Moses to express their concerns in order to change the laws.

The story of Zelophehad’s daughters confirms that God treasures women. He doesn’t see us as second class citizens. He knows our name, He supports our right to be heard, and He listens to what we have to say. He loves us, each and every one of us.

Perhaps you’ve not been feeling very loved. For that matter, you feel like you’re not being heard. I encourage you to take your concerns to God. It’s ok to express your frustrations. It’s alright to let Him know you’re upset. He wants to hear from you. He’s waiting to hear from you.

For Further Study

Numbers 26:33

Numbers 27:1-11

Numbers 36:1-12

Joshua 17:3

Additional Reading

All of The Women of the The Bible by Edith Seen

All the Women of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer

Fearless Daughters of the Bible by J. Lee Grady

Every Woman in the Bible by Sue and Larry Richards

The Woman’s Study Bible

Clark, Henry C. “‘AND ZELOPHEHAD HAD DAUGHTERS.’” American Bar Association Journal, vol. 10, no. 2, 1924, pp. 133–134. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/25711523. Accessed 15 May 2020.

About the Author
Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. She's been recognized with dozens of film accolades including the “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Filmmaking”, four ICVM Crown Awards and many Best Director, Best Writer, and Best of Show awards.