Archive for January 10th, 2015

Joshua 15

Joshua 15 has the details of the inheritance of Judah.  Lots of details here, which may seem insignificant to us.  But to those who were inheriting the land, this was the information they needed.  And it was particularly important to Caleb and his family, as this defined the land allotted to him and his family.  “According to the commandment of the Lord to Joshua, he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the people of Judah”.  Caleb received his reward as a faithful servant of Moses and Joshua, but he had to do the work himself.

Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak”.  He not only did great and bold deeds himself, but he encouraged others to do the same.  He didn’t have to be the leader and center of attention all the time.  “Caleb said, Whoever strikes Kiriath-sepher and captures it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter as wife”.  He was not afraid to offer something of significant value – his daughter’s hand – as a reward to someone who took the challenge and performed.  “Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, captured it”.  We have a winner, even if he is a nephew.  Courage must run in the family.

Like father, like daughter, Caleb is asked by Achsah for something too.  She was bold in seeking a blessing.  “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.”  As the prize for capturing the city, she wants something from her dad and he gives here the upper and lower springs, a very important gift as water was a big deal.  The chapter ends with a list of all the cities that Judah inhabited.  It is a massive list of nearly 100 cities.  Caleb has led his people to capture what was promised to him.

The final verse is a bit perplexing.  “But 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”.  There was one people that Caleb and his people couldn’t seem to drive out – the Jebusites.  They made haste getting rid of the Anakites, who were big and mean and nasty.  But Jerusalem is set on a hill and hard to conquer and remains in Canaanite hands.  But Caleb got his land just as God had promised.

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