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March 9, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Deuteronomy 30-31
Audio: Deuteronomy 30-31

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Joshua 14 (ESV)

These are the inheritances that the people of Israel received in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the tribes of the people of Israel gave them to inherit.Their inheritance was by lot, just as the Lord had commanded by the hand of Moses for the nine and one-half tribes.For Moses had given an inheritance to the two and one-half tribes beyond the Jordan, but to the Levites he gave no inheritance among them. For the people of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim. 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. The people of Israel did as the Lord commanded Moses; they allotted the land.

Then the people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God in Kadesh-barnea concerning you and me. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart. But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God. And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ 10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. 11 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. 12 So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.”

13 Then Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance. 14 Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel. 15 Now the name of Hebron formerly was Kiriath-arba. (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim.) And the land had rest from war.

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  1. The Courage of Devoted Faith

    In Numbers 13, Moses sent out twelve spies to investigate the land of Canaan. All but Caleb and Joshua reported that "the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large" (Numbers 13:28). When Caleb spoke up and said, "Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it (Numbers 13:30), they replied, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are" (Numbers 13:31).

    They went on to say, "The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them" (Numbers 13:32-33).

    This show of faith almost cost Caleb (and Joshua) their lives. Numbers 14:6-10 says, "And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, 'The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.' 10 Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel."

    In today's chapter, Caleb reminds Joshua (three times) that he "wholly followed the Lord" (the Lord my God, the God of Israel):

    Joshua 14:8 "But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God.

    Joshua 14:9 "And Moses swore on that day, saying, 'Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.'"

    Joshua 14:14 "Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel."

    Just as Joshua blessed Caleb and gave Hebron to him for an inheritance (Joshua 14:13), the Lord promises to bless us with the inheritance of eternal life for all who wholly put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

    May our faith be like Caleb’s faith – wholly devoted to the Lord. 

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