Jun 16, 2019
Neal continued our series looking at Joshua. Neal looked at Caleb’s inheritance from Joshua 14 vs 6-15
The background to this story needs to be understood to get the full picture and that background can be read in Numbers 13 and 14
Numbers 13 vs 18-20 – Caleb sent out to spy the land
Numbers 13 vs 25-33 – The report is brought back with two different opinions
Numbers 14 vs 1-10 - The people rebel
Numbers 14 vs 23-24 – God’s promise to Caleb – which is finally fulfilled in Joshua chapter 14.
Key verse -Numbers 14 vs 24 – But my servant Caleb has a different spirit/attitude than the others – He has remained loyal to me so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land.
The promise is fulfilled but its 45 years later!! Caleb is now and old man of 85 but God has not forgotten his promise and neither has Caleb! He has amazing faith and believes God that the promise will be fulfilled no matter how old he is! How good are we at waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled in our lives?
God says of Caleb that he has a different spirit – what is that different spirit? Caleb actually means “wholehearted” and it is this wholeheartedness that God loves and its recognised by Joshua as well
14 vs 8 – I wholeheartedly follows the Lord
14 vs 9 – Because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God
14 vs 11 – Because he wholeheartedly followed the Lord
Wholeheartedness is an attribute that God loves in Caleb but he also loves in us – He wants our whole heart and not just part of it – he hates half-heartedness – remember Phil preaching from Revelation chapter 3 a few weeks ago where he talked about the Church in Laodicea who has become luke warm (half-hearted) and bland – God said it was distasteful and undrinkable and would be spat out by him – strong words – but even we don’t like a warm shower and we don’t like half-heartedness either – think of examples with your kids where they can’t be bothered to help – it drives us mad!! God wants us to be wholehearted for him and we need to be careful as many things will crowd in to take his place in our heart – where your treasure is there will be your heart! What is your treasure?
So what can we learn from Caleb?
1. God’s promises are true and will be fulfilled no matter how long you have to wait! If God has promised thins over your life or family in the past – keep trusting him and reminding him – they will be fulfilled.
2. Caleb was a man of faith – he believed God and did not waver – he had as much faith when he was 85 and he did when he was 40! He still wants to take on the giants in the land and knows with God he will conquer them! Lets be people of faith – trusting God.
3. Don’t look at the giants in the land and be frightened by them – Look at the God who made the giants in the first place – 2 Corinthians 5 vs 7 teaches us to “walk by faith and not by sight” and yet so often our experience of life is the exact opposite – we walk by sight and not by faith – Giants look big when you look up at them but they look small when you look down on them and that is God’s perspective!
4. Let’s be men and women of a “different spirit” not following the crowd and living in fear -but trusting God and believing that we can conquer the giants if God is with us!
5. Age is no barrier to God’s blessing and anointing – Caleb was 85 but had incredible faith and believed God – so God could use him for his purposes and he took the giants and beat them! There is no retirement age in God thankfully!
Joshua 15 vs 13-19 - God’s promise fulfilled!!
1. Why do you think wholeheartedness is so important To God?
2. When you think of people that are half-hearted in what they do why is that frustrating – what is underneath that attitude do you think?
3. Caleb waited 45 years for God to answer his promise – that is a long time – How can we keep our faith when nothing seems to be happening?
4. II Corinthians 5 vs 7 – “Walk by faith not by sight” – Why is this so hard for us to do?