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This is what the Lord commands for Zelophehad’s daughters: They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within their father’s tribal clan.
Here we find a strict law of the people of Israel. They could marry anyone they pleased as long as it was a cousin, so to speak. In other words, a girl from the tribe of Dan could not marry a young man from the tribe of Judah. The reason for this had to do with property and land ownership. In this passage, Zelophehad’s daughters of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joseph’s son, were evidently pushing the edges of this law by considering marrying outside of their father’s tribe, thus giving their inheritance to another tribe. When the law was stipulated here, the girls each married one of their cousins.
The Jewish way was different. Their standard came from God Almighty. Their law stated, “Marriage Must Stay In The Family.” Yes, such a standard today would be preposterous. Yet such was the case in Moses’ time. God was making a great nation that would honor Him and be holy. Today, marrying your cousin is strictly forbidden because of the weakening of the brain pathways. In the ancient Jewish tradition, it had no impact and kept one’s inheritance intact. In Deuteronomy 7, the Jewish law also stated that a young Jewish person could not marry someone of another religion. I definitely agree with this. When our sons were young, my wife used to say, “Boys never date a Philistine.” In other words, stay within the Christian faith. Marriage is tough enough without adding a non-believer to the mix. So like the Jews of old, may I remind you, “Marriage Must Stay In The Family.” The Christian family, that is!
I’m so grateful this AM that I married within the Christian Faith. Marriage is hard enough, but because Robyn’s and my beliefs are aligned, we’ve been able to move forward in agreement. Thank you, Jesus! Amen