Numbers 27:1-11 . THE DAUGHTERS OF ZELOPHEHAD ASK FOR AN INHERITANCE.
16. God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation--The request was most suitably made to God in this character, as the Author of all the intellectual gifts and moral graces with which men are endowed, and who can raise up qualified persons for the most arduous duties and the most difficult situations.
Numbers 27:18-23 . JOSHUA APPOINTED TO SUCCEED HIM.
18. Take thee Joshua . . . a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him--A strong testimony is here borne to the personality of the divine Spirit--the imposition of hands was an ancient ceremony. (See Genesis 48:14 , Leviticus 1:4 , 1 Timothy 4:14 ).
20, 21. Thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him--In the whole history of Israel there arose no prophet or ruler in all respects like unto Moses till the Messiah appeared, whose glory eclipsed all. But Joshua was honored and qualified in an eminent degree, through the special service of the high priest, who asked counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the Lord.