Another lesson the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to see in the story of Ishmael (in Gen 16-21) is that automatic blessings can be allocated to an individual without needing to work for it.
For background to Ishmael, please read my post here. At some point Sarah could no longer tolerate Hagar and Ishmael in the house and she sent them away. Abraham was grieved with this decision and God comforted him in 21:13 saying, “And I will also make a nation of [Ishmael] the son of the maid, because he is your descendant.” The same words were spoken to Hagar in 21:18.
Ishmael need not work for it. He automatically qualified for it due to the lineage. Whao! Some stash of inheritance awaiting him – his Father’s, Abraham, will so to speak.
In Luke 13, Jesus referred to a woman who was bound over as ‘a daughter of Abraham’. And here, he said this woman qualified to be healed! I have tried to plot out this woman’s family tree to check out the connection and which generation she was in: 1st, 2nd, 3rd…, 20th….40th? It was not easily traceable however there were 42 generations between Abraham and Jesus Christ. Therefore, I guess this woman will possibly be in either the 41st or 42nd generation. The point is that she was not in the 1st generation yet she qualified for automatic healing. The question is what made her qualify?
According to Galatians 3-5, if an individual confesses Christ as his Lord and Saviour, then he automatically qualifies for this stash of inheritance too, irrespective of the place you are in the family tree. Apart from being established as a nation and healing, the contents of this stash can be found in Gen 12 -17 and other chapters of the bible.
I study and claim those promises today and continually. From the story of the woman in Luke 13, apparently, she knew God however she was bound over for 18 years! Could it be that she was unaware of her full right to the stash?
I am fascinated by the Zelophahad’s daughters – the audacious five. They got their share of the promised land because they dared to ask. They asked in faith. They put a demand on Moses.
Now that they got it, what next? That is crucial. The ladies’ uncles approached Moses and said, “there is a risk. If these ladies married men of another tribe, all the inheritance will be transferred. We absolutely don’t want that to happen. Please advice on how to mitigate the risk asap.”
Moses then decreed that the ladies only marry within their Father’s tribe so that “the inheritance of the children of Israel shall not change hands from tribe to tribe, for every one of the children of Israel shall keep the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers. And every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel shall be the wife of one of the family of her father’s tribe, so that the children of Israel each may possess the inheritance of his fathers. Thus no inheritance shall change hands from one tribe to another, but every tribe of the children of Israel shall keep its own inheritance.” (Numbers 36:7-9 NKJV)
I believe men of the differing tribe would not have mind marrying the ladies so they could get a share of the inheritance in addition to the portion they already had. Remember it is the promised land flowing with milk and honey – a good inheritance indeed.
Transfer of inheritance. Hmmmm. Conversely, bad inheritance can also be transferred. What could be a bad inheritance? Curses are definitely.
In any partnership (marriage in particular), it is essential to check that the ‘about-to-be’ spouse has not been marred with curses before tying the knot.
Anytime I read about the Zelophahad’s daughters, who I tagged the “audacious five”, I get excited in my spirit and I will tell you why.
After the Exodus of Israelites, God instructed Moses to divide the promised land among the families of Israel according to the number of names. These were identified by the male head of each family.
Zelophahad, one of the heads, had no son and he died before the land allocation. His family was not mentioned and therefore could not partake. However his daughters reasoned among themselves and were not going to accept a loss. They were Israelites and therefore deserved a piece of the land not withstanding their Father’s death. Hence they approached Moses and made a demand. Moses checked this with God, God approved it.
But they could have said, “indeed Moses operated strictly under God’s instruction and thus we ought not go challenge him about our share. Let us keep mute and try marry into the other tribes so we could partake “. I think this would have been very polite of them. But again, they would have lost out.
It reminds me of the Canaanite lady who approached Jesus for her daughter’s healing (Matt 15:21-28). Despite an initial rebuff from Jesus, she pressed further and it was said of her to have had such a great faith! Finally, her request was granted. Same applies to the audacious five- they had faith their request would be granted afterall they were Israelites!
We, as believers, have an inheritance in God (Romans 8:17). We have the right to make a demand on this for our names are written on them. “What inheritance?” you may ask. I can write a couple but please go through the word of God.
1. Psalm 34:20 the Lord guards the bones of the righteous and none of them is broken
2. Psalm 127:2 he gives his beloved sleep
While making the demand, remember Mark 11:24 tells us that if we asked for anything in prayer we should believe we have received and it will be ours.