Bible Study Guide Daughters of Zelophehad

To prepare for this study, please read the Women in Christ commentary, Daring Daughters and Numbers Chapters 26 through 27 and Chapter 36:1-13. 

Part I Example of the Daughters of Zelophehad

1. Numbers 26:1-4, 29-34; 51-56 Name two reasons for the census.

2. Numbers 27:1-4 What request did Zelophehad’s daughters make? And why? How would it feel to stand before thousands of people and challenge tradition? Was their request self-seeking? Why or why not?

3. Numbers 27:5-6 How did Moses decide their case?

4. Numbers 27:7; Galatians 3:26-4:7 Does this decision, in your opinion, have a spiritual application? Explain your answer?

5. Numbers 27:8-11 What impact did the request of these five women have on Israel’s legal system?

6. Numbers 36:1-4 What objection did the clan leaders make to the decision made in favor of Zelophehad’s daughters? Was the clan leaders’ motivation different or similar to the motivation of the five sisters? Explain.

7. Numbers 36:5-9 What amendment was made to the original decree?

8. Numbers 36:10-12 Why do you think Zelophehad’s daughters were willing to comply with this restriction on their inheritance? (For a similar restriction for Christians, see I Corinthians 7:39.)

9. II Peter 1:10-11; Matthew 6:33 Consider and discuss any application of the example of Zelophehad’s daughters who sought an inheritance to your responsibility in seeking the kingdom of God.
Part II Co-heirs With Christ

1. Romans 8:16-17 What relationship guarantees inheriting glory? What qualifier(s) do you see in these two verses?

2. Romans 4:9, 13-16; Galatians 3:26-29 On what basis do God’s children become heirs? Who is eligible to inherit?

3. Colossians 1:9-14 How does a person become qualified to inherit? What, according to these verses, do saints inherit? Who are the saints?

4. Titus 3:3-7 From what did Jesus save humanity and for what did he save us?

5. Matthew 19:16-30; Luke 10:25-37 How did Jesus answer the question: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Do Paul’s teachings in Romans and Galatians contradict or complement Jesus’ teachings? Explain.

6. Acts 26:18 (King James Version) [Note: “place” in the NIV is a translation of a word that refers to a portion of an inheritance.] Acts 20:32 How is the concept of inheritance significant for those who preach and receive the gospel?

7. Matthew 25:31-46; I Corinthians 6:9-11; 15:50; Ephesians 5:1-16; Galatians 5:16-25; Hebrews 12:14-17 What makes a person ineligible or unable to inherit? What does the resurrection have to do with inheritance? How does this fit into Jesus’ answer to the question: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Part III Eternal Inheritance

1. Acts 7:2-6; Hebrews 11:8-19 Since Abraham did not live to inherit the promised land, how is God going to keep his promise?

2. Ephesians 1:11-14, 15-23; Hebrews 1:1-4, 14; 9:15; Hebrews 6:13-20 How do you know you will receive your inheritance?

3. Hebrews 6:9-12; Colossians 3:23-24; Revelation 21:7-8; I Peter 3:8-22; 4:1; Romans 8:17 Is receiving your eternal inheritance easy? Explain.

4. I Peter 1:3-12; Revelation 21:1-7; Matthew 5:1-12 Describe the promise God has made to those who are his children. Considering the value of this inheritance, what changes, if any, do you need to make to “live worthy” of your calling as a son or daughter of God? (Ephesians 4:1) In what ways, do you need to step forward and claim the inheritance waiting for you?