Joshua 15

Joshua 15 is a list of dozens of towns that were assigned to different tribes.  We learn that Caleb “drove out from there the three sons of Anak” and took the land they had along the Great Sea and its coastline.  You will recall that Caleb was the other spy who had told Moses to take the land 40 plus years earlier.  He is finally getting his place.

Caleb also says “Whoever strikes Kiriath-sepher and captures it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter as wife”.  So he offers up his daughter as a prize to the man who takes the land that is next in line. Othniel does it and gets the prize.  “When she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field….Give me a blessing”.  Caleb does – he gives her the upper and lower springs to go along with the land she had.  Interesting few verses in the middle of an otherwise uneventful chapter.

But at the end, we see the Israelites running out of steam.  We learn that they did not remove “the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the people of Judah could not drive out, so the Jebusites dwell with the people of Judah at Jerusalem to this day”.  Matthew Henry commentary says it this way: “for the children of Judah could not drive them out, through their sluggishness, stupidity, and unbelief. Had they attempted it with vigour and resolution, we have reason to think God would not have been wanting to them to give them success; but they could not do it, because they would not”.  They failed to drive out the Jebusites, not because they couldn’t, but because it appears they ran out of gas.  They just didn’t have the resolve to finish the task.  It is interesting that God didn’t do it for them – but since they failed to put in the effort – He didn’t do it on their behalf.

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