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Day 5 of 7

Joshua 14:8-9

8My brothers who went with me caused the people to lose heart, but I followed the Lord my God completely. 9On that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land where you have set foot will be an inheritance for you and your descendants forever, because you have followed the Lord my God completely.’

Reflection:  Caleb is an outstanding young man amongst the Israelites who refused to trust God in his deliverance. Fast forward 45 years, and as we can see in this last chapter of Joshua, God’s promise to Caleb has come true and now as an old man, Caleb is as focused on God as ever. He is ready to go to war for God.

In the RSV translation, there is a very clear word picture in these verses: ‘yet I wholly followed the Lord my God. And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden…’. When I read this, I imagine God’s deep footprints embedded in the snow, and Caleb is treading behind, each of his steps literally in the footprints made by God, for Caleb ‘wholly’ followed his Creator. There is nothing casual or complacent about Caleb’s actions.

What might it look like to be as faithful as Caleb?

Caleb really knew God. There are only two ways anyone can know God: through reading his Word and through a disciplined prayer life. Tomorrow we will examine how we benefit through a personal culture of prayer.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, help me to have the kind of faith that wholly follows you. Caleb’s passion for his Holy Father had not dimmed in the passing years. Help me to be a prayer warrior. Forgive me my complacence, for I am loved by the Creator of the universe. Amen.

 

Days

Joshua 14:1-15

Israel’s Inheritance in Canaan

1The Israelites received these portions that the priest Eleazar, Joshua son of Nun, and the family heads of the Israelite tribes gave them in the land of Canaan. 2Their inheritance was by lot as the Lord commanded through Moses for the nine and a half tribes, 3because Moses had given the inheritance to the two and a half tribes beyond the Jordan. But he gave no inheritance among them to the Levites. 4The descendants of Joseph became two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim. No portion of the land was given to the Levites except cities to live in, along with pasturelands for their cattle and livestock. 5So the Israelites did as the Lord commanded Moses, and they divided the land.

Caleb’s Inheritance

6The descendants of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord promised Moses the man of God at Kadesh-barnea about you and me. 7I was forty years old when Moses the Lord’s servant sent me from Kadesh-barnea to scout the land, and I brought back an honest report. 8My brothers who went with me caused the people to lose heart, but I followed the Lord my God completely. 9On that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land where you have set foot will be an inheritance for you and your descendants forever, because you have followed the Lord my God completely.’

10“As you see, the Lord has kept me alive these forty-five years as he promised, since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel was journeying in the wilderness. Here I am today, eighty-five years old. 11I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then. 12Now give me this hill country the Lord promised me on that day, because you heard then that the Anakim are there, as well as large fortified cities. Perhaps the Lord will be with me and I will drive them out as the Lord promised.”

13Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as an inheritance. 14Therefore, Hebron still belongs to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite as an inheritance today because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, completely. 15Hebron’s name used to be Kiriath-arba; Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim. After this, the land had rest from war.