And Moses brought their cause before the LORD. (Numbers 27:5 KJV)
When there is a serious situation to deal with most people may choose to go to a close friend, a qualified professional who is versed in the area of concern or even to the court room to get solutions.
Numbers 27 opens with a serious situation where the “Hot Topic” was Inheritance. The petitioners were: “Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah” – the daughters of Zelophehad.)
The record indicates:
1 Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.
2 And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,
3 Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons.
4 Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father.
Immediately we recognize that the daughters of Zelophehad were making a request which was not normal within their society and everyone was listening:
– Moses their leader was there,
– Eleazar the priest was there,
– The princes were there, and
– All the congregation were there.
Moses could have shut them down on the spot and told them they had no case. Moses could have decided to override the laws and customs of their society and issued Zelophehad’s daughters with parcels of land as a solution to their request. Moses could have ignored their concern regarding the deletion of their father’s name from the family. The truth about this situation is that we have to consider also that Moses had a nation to lead and with leadership comes supersaturated stress combined with the need to make quick intelligent decisions.
However, we have what would have been a very startling verse in our present society, it says:
“And Moses brought their cause before the LORD.”
– (Numbers 27:5 KJV)
Wow ! what a verse – a verse that contains only eight words of immense power !
The power of this verse establishes that Moses ignored his own thoughts and his own solutions and went straight to God with the serious situation that Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah brought to him. What Moses did, gives us a gorgeous example of how we should deal with challenging situations. What Moses did indicates to us that he had great respect for the well-being of the people he was leading. Prayer gives us this same opportunity to be gracious and kind to others the way Moses was to the men, women, boys and girls he was leading.
Today God is looking for men, women, boys and girls who will brave the distractions and stigmas that seem to want to stifle out those who practice and believe in prayer. Today we all have various challenges that we have identified as “serious issues” and “crazy situations.” These “serious issues” and “crazy situations” threaten to destroy our lives and the futures we dreamt about. These “serious issues” and “crazy situations” come in different forms and packages, however, like Moses we can bring them to Jesus Christ. We can say to him, “Lord I have my own thoughts about this issue or I have no solution to all these issues what I need is your help – please help me Jesus.” Jesus is just and fair, He knows and sees every side of all our issues, He sees secrets that we do not know existed and He answers and gives solutions to problems that we thought were impossible to solve. Trust Jesus – He never fails !