Getting what we want is complicated.

And Moses commanded the people of Israel according to the word of the Lord, saying, “The tribe of the people of Joseph is right. This is what the Lord commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad: ‘Let them marry whom they think best, only they shall marry within the clan of the tribe of their father. The inheritance of the people of Israel shall not be transferred from one tribe to another, for every one of the people of Israel shall hold on to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers. And every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the people of Israel shall be wife to one of the clan of the tribe of her father, so that every one of the people of Israel may possess the inheritance of his fathers. So no inheritance shall be transferred from one tribe to another, for each of the tribes of the people of Israel shall hold on to its own inheritance.’” Numbers 36:5-9.

A few chapters ago the daughters of Zelophehad, complained to Moses that since they had no brothers, their father’s inheritance should pass to them, not around them to their uncles. Yay, equality! But now a woman with a land inheritance must marry within her tribe, so the land given to each tribe stays with the tribe. The right of the tribe supercedes the right of the individual.

Possessions, and our attachment to them, actually limits our freedom. Our loyalty to our careers, our ambitions, and our rewards often overrule our desire to please God and obey Him, provided you actually love Him. If you believe it’s a no brainer to follow the money, and let God have the crumbs you throw His way, you are actually a slave to the things you really love. And that is idolatry.

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