Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Caleb Inherits Hebron Joshua 14

Joshua 14:14 "Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunnch the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel."

Caleb is 85 years old. He was one of the spies sent by Moses to spy out the land. He along with Joshua brought back a report that Israel could take the land. They were the only two. Now Caleb has come to his old friend to claim the land promised him by Moses.

v9 "And Moses sware on that day, saying. Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God."

Caleb argues his case further by telling Joshua that he is still able to fight and take the land from the Anakims.

v11 "As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out and to come in."

v12 "Now therefore give me this mountain..."

So Caleb and his children inherited Hebron. It is a very important place to remember in future studies.

In the previous chapter, Joshua is described as old and stricken in years (c13v1) but here Caleb says he is as strong as when he was 40 years old and a spy with Joshua. I could not help but think of the garments that did not wear out and the feet that did not swell in speaking of Israel while wondering in the wilderness. It seems Caleb did not wear out either.

Psalms 121:8 "The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for ever more."

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