Joshua 14

Joshua 14 has the inheritance of God’s people in the Promised Land happening.  They have traveled and waited for forty years, and over the past few years have driven out dozens and dozens of nations from the land God had promised.  Now it was time to carefully divide that land among God’s people.  Remember that 2.5 of the tribes had already been given their land on the east side of the Jordan.  But how will Joshua handle splitting up all the land they have just conquered?

Their inheritance was by lot, just as the Lord had commanded by the hand of Moses for the nine and one-half tribes”.  No magic formula.  No computer analysis.  They drew lots.  Remember that “the people of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim”. They had split in two much earlier.  “And no portion was given to the Levites in the land, but only cities to dwell in, with their pasturelands for their livestock and their substance”.  But Joshua divides up the land, similar to this map. He gives each their own place to live and call their own.

The one exception to the process involved Caleb.  Remember that he was one of the spies that were sent out by Moses to take a look at the Promised Land.  A dozen were sent – ten of them said they could not go in and take the land – only Joshua and Caleb were confident of God’s plan.  Of course, Joshua followed Moses as leader of the people.  Caleb has been a faithful warrior in the tribe of Judah and now is 85 years old and comes to remind Joshua that Moses promised him some special land for his faithfulness.

Remember, Caleb is 85.  He says “I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming”.  I sure hope I can say that when I am 85.  He has been faithful, and “Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb….because he wholly followed the Lord”.  Joshua could have easily said that it wasn’t his promise to keep.  He could have taken the route of not wanting to create any potential ripples with giving Caleb this land.  But he honors the commitment Moses made, and carries out the promise giving Caleb the land he was promised.  Great leadership by a great man of God.

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