“Then the daughters of Zelophehad came forward . . . They stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and all the congregation, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and they said, ‘Our father died in the wilderness, he was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah, but died for his own sin; and he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son? Give to us a possession among our father’s brothers.’ Moses brought their case before the LORD. And the LORD spoke to Moses saying: ‘The daughters of Zelophehad are right in what they are saying: you shall indeed let them possess an inheritance among their father’s brothers and pass the inheritance of the father on to them.’ Numbers 27:1-7
Life Application Topic – Justice Everything belongs to God, and humans are God’s stewards and tenants. Justice requires that all people have access to the resources necessary to flourish. The test of God’s justice is this: Do the powerless and the vulnerable have access to life’s abundance? A distinguishing characteristic of Israel’s God is this: The Lord protects the orphans, widows, and sojourners – the powerless. The early Methodists went to the people who were the least, last, and lost because they believed that the poor, those whom Charles Wesley called “Jesus bosom friends,” are special recipients of God’s justice and means of divine grace.” Wesley Study Bible, pg 200
O that I not squander any opportunity to reach out to, invite, welcome and serve those considered least, last and lost by society. We, who are less than Christ like, are all least, least and lost in some form or fashion. May I never consider myself better, more or some how above any one else. That God’s justice flow from my being as I live with others.