Just as the Lord commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad; for Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married to the sons of their father’s brothers. They were married into the families of the children of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of their father’s family.
Reflection. Context is everything. There are many chapters about whom Israelites could marry and what would happen to inheritances. Marriage is so important. The whole context was to do with how small was the nation at this time. A nation was being founded. The command was to not marry outside of the community. God wanted a deep sense of purity for his people.
Now, here is where we have to be careful. Folk have taken these verses and chapters about who is acceptable and who isn't, and (mis) used them for terrible doctrines of racial purity. Scripture is wonderful. Yet, it is incredibly easy to make Scripture say things it really does not. It is so important that we let the Holy Spirit work; that the Scriptures speak to us, and that we do not impose meaning.
Prayer. Lord Jesus, help to welcome all. Help us to Find One and make 'welcome' happen in your name. Amen.