In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. Ephesians 3:12 (NKJV)
They were bold ladies. Their names were Achsah and Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tizrah. In a time where men led and fought and had their names recorded in God’s Word, it is a pleasant surprise for us to see women mentioned and rewarded for their efforts. In just a few chapters of Joshua (which might lose the reader with the descriptions of property division in the Promised Land), we see ladies being bold and asking for their family property.
Give me a blessing
First, in Joshua 15:16-19, we read about Caleb’s daughter Achsah dismounting her donkey and saying to her father, “Give me a blessing,” asking for springs of water to go with her land. And Caleb granted her request. This story is told again in Judges 1:15. Of course, her father had just given her away in marriage as a prize for the soldier who conquered Kirjath Sepher, Caleb’s land. Seems like his daughter had it in her favor to ask for a blessing!
Give us a possession
Then in Joshua 17:3-6, we read the story already told in Numbers 27 about the daughters of Zelophehad of the tribe of Manasseh. Zelophehad had no sons, so his daughters felt he was still entitled to land. The five sisters boldly came forward and asked Moses, Eleazar the Priest, and Joshua for land. Moses took their request before the Lord, and God said, “You shall surely give them a possession of inheritance among their father’s brothers” (Numbers 27:7). These ladies received their request, all because they came forward boldly.
Why should the name of our father be removed from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father’s brothers.” Numbers 27:4 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Is God calling you to be bold in anything? So often I focus on verses like Philippians 4:6 to be gentle, that I forget there are other virtues to attain. So, I go boldly to the throne of grace, asking Jesus to help me be gentle, yet bold for Him. Dear TEA CUPP friend, I encourage you to be bold for Jesus, too!
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.