46 The Spirit of Caleb; Facing Your Giants

The Spirit of Caleb; Facing Your Giants

The Spirit of Caleb; Facing Your Giants

 

 

Not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell,
except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.
Numbers 14:30 ESV

 

 

It was an exciting day. They had come from bondage in Egypt and were ready to enter the promised land. Moses called forth twelve people, one from each tribe, to enter as a group of spies to scout out the land. Caleb, always ridiculed because his name meant dog, was excited and somewhat redeemed in the fact that he was one of the twelve.

They got their things together and were sent to discover this land “flowing with milk and honey.”

Upon arriving in the land, there were mixed accounts of what had been. All agreed the land would surely produce wonderful vegetation. Vegetables, fruits, and grains would be abundant, and livestock would have plenty of good land on which to graze.

Most of them also agreed the people were too strong and any attempt to take the land would be a serious mistake. Caleb thought differently. Caleb believed with God on their side they would surely succeed. Yes, the people were bigger in physical stature, and yes, they had more organized and experienced soldiers, but the children of Israel had God.

Was it not God who had just delivered them from the oppression of the “mighty” Egypt? Was it not God who had just led them across the Red Sea? Was it not God who had followed them as a cloud by day and a fire by night?

If God could do all that, then He could surely lead them into the land promised them as long ago as the ancestors Abraham and Sarah.

The people began to weep and regret having left Egypt. Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb spoke against them saying that if God is with “us,” then “we” will take the land.

The people were so rebellious that Moses had to intercede on their behalf. In front of the Lord, ten of the men who spied the land, all except Joshua and Caleb, died from the plague.

The people were horrified. They tried to make things right by saying, “Yes, we will fight these people.” But God was not with them, and they failed.

The twelve spies were leaders in their tribes. Yet only Caleb and Joshua were faithful and true to God. It was a very hard lesson, one that creates crisis in faith from one end of the camp to the other.

What the ten spies had seen as divine rejection and a warning not the enter the land. Caleb saw as an invitation to new life.

Source: The Experiencing God Study Bible

 

 

Today’s Bible Reading: 

Numbers 8-11; Colossians 1

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Norma Ashton says:

    Caleb has been such a great example to us and still is. He was not moved by what he saw and was so courageous and bold! Thanks

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