Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
"To obey is better than a sacrifice." (1 Samuel 15:22)
Keeping Jehovah in mind constantly will help us to obey him, and we will reap blessings as a consequence. (Deuteronomy 28:13) This calls for an obedient spirit. Consider the attitude of five fleshly sisters, the daughters of Zelophehad, who lived in Moses’ day. Among the Israelites, sons customarily received the inheritance from their fathers. The man Zelophehad died without sons, and Jehovah directed that these five women were to receive the entire inheritance—on one condition. They had to marry sons of Manasseh so that the inherited property would remain with the same tribe. (Numbers 27:1-8; 36:6-8) Zelophehad’s daughters had faith that things would work out well if they obeyed God. “Just as Jehovah had commanded Moses, that is the way the daughters of Zelophehad did,” says the Bible. (Numbers 36:10-12) With similar faith, spiritually mature unmarried Christians obey God by marrying “only in the Lord.”—1 Corinthians 7:39.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 1:9, 10)