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KISSIN’ COUSINS

 Numbers 36:10 “Just as the Lord had commanded Moses, so the daughters of Zelophehad did:”

 KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY

These women, the daughters of Zelophehad, had gone to Moses to ask that their father’s inheritance be passed on to them since he had no sons.  That made sense.  But now others from their tribe were concerned that they may marry outside the tribe, thus causing the lands to be transferred to another tribe in the future.  So, the Lord instructed them to marry within their own tribe to protect the inheritance.

It says later that they married their uncles’ sons – their cousins.  Now, today that is frowned upon and even illegal in some states.  But back then it was pretty common.  It may have required them to give up their own desire for what was best for the family and to obey the Lord.

TEACHING MOMENT

Hmmm!  What do you think would happen if you told your child they had to marry their cousin?  I bet there would be a fight and outright rebellion.  Now, you are not going to do that (at least I hope not).  But what about asking them to do something for the good of the family that is in agreement with God’s Word?  How do you think they would respond?

Training our children to be obedient later in life begins when they are young.  You can’t wait until they are 16 to ask them to make those decisions.  Decision-making skills are taught from an early age.  Always point them to God’s Word as they make their decisions.  They should always follow His direction.  I guarantee that will always be what is best for the family.

What decisions have you made without considering the Lord?  How many of those turned out good?  You may have lucked out and gotten by with one or two.  But most of the time, those kinds of decisions come back to bite us.  Seek His wisdom in all things.

O wise and holy Father, give me the wisdom to seek You first.  Let me make my decisions only after going to You in prayer and seeking godly counsel from those You have placed in my life.  Thank You for Your wisdom that is available through Your Word.

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