calebBe A Caleb! This was said to me by a mentor many years ago. Why Caleb and not Joshua? I think it was because Caleb quietly did what was right and didn’t seek any fanfare. 

Not much is written about Caleb. We know he went in to the promised land to spy it out with Joshua. He and Joshua were the only two to say they should go in and possess the land. The rest were too afraid and God sentenced them to walk in the wilderness for 40 years.

He was faithful to God, a friend to Joshua and did what was right. 

Numbers 14:6-9 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

Numbers 14.24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.

Numbers 13.30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

1 Chronicles 2:42-50 tells us about the decedents of Caleb. He is part of the line of David. 

When the rest of the Israelites feared to enter the promised land on account of the military superiority of the Canaanites, Caleb expressed confidence that the Israelite invasion would be successful.

After the conquest of Canaan, Caleb received the town of Hebron and its surrounding territory as his allotment. The epithet “Jephunneh” having been given to him because he “turned away” from the sinful intention of the other spies who advised the people against going into the Holy Land. 

Deuteronomy 1:35-36 And the LORD heard your words and was angered, and he swore, ‘Not one of these men of this evil generation shall see the good land that I swore to give to your fathers, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and to his children I will give the land on which he has trodden, because he has wholly followed the LORD!’

Be faithful. Be a Caleb!

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