Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
And the chief fathers of the families of the children of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of the sons of Joseph, came near, and spake before Moses, and before the princes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel:12. The Security of the Inheritance
1. The applicants and their statement (Numbers 36:1-4)
2. The response of Moses (Numbers 36:5-12)
3. The epilogue (Numbers 36:13)
The chapter explains itself. But what is the lesson? It is evident that the inheritance given by the Lord must remain with those to whom it is given. And this brought security and comfort to the daughters of Zelophehad. It brings security and comfort to our hearts when we consider that our inheritance in Christ can never be taken from us. It belongs to us and we belong to the inheritance. The same is true of Israel with its earthly inheritance, the promised land.
Thus ends the wilderness book, a marvellous book, like every other portion of God’s holy Word. May we remember in the study of this book, as stated in the introduction, that “all these things happened unto them for ensamples; and they are written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1Corinthians 10:11). May we pass the time of our sojourning here with fear, realizing our separation unto God, the priestly and Levite service which belongs to us till we reach our eternal inheritance.