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Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
Joshua 14

 

 

Verses 1-15

2. Caleb’s Request and Inheritance

CHAPTER 14

1. The inheritance by lot (Joshua 14:1-5)

2. Caleb’s request (Joshua 14:6-15)

Judah’s portion comes first, and as they draw near to Joshua to receive their inheritance by lot (See Proverbs 16:33 and Acts 1:26) at Gilgal (note the recurrence of this place and its significance), Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, steps to the front. It was not forwardness or love of the preeminence which led him to do this, but the burning zeal in that old, yet youthful soul. He comes to claim the inheritance, which forty-five years ago Moses had promised unto him. Caleb was eighty-five years old. “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.” One can almost see him standing before Eleazar, Joshua and the heads of the tribes. What a beautiful testimony he gives to the faithfulness of the Lord! He could say, “I wholly followed the LORD my God.” He stands for the man who trusts his God, who reckons not with earthly circumstances and conditions, but with the Lord and His promised power. They that honor Me, I will honor. Forty years old was Caleb when he was put among the spies and when, with Joshua, he honored God and His Word. The reward of faith became evident in his life. Mental vigor and physical strength remained unimpaired. And now he claims his inheritance. Patiently he had waited for forty-five years. The hour has come. He claims the mountain with its Anakim, the giants, the fenced cities, the great cities. That beautiful mountain with its strenuous task is the claimed inheritance. Old age is often characterized by “the pride of life.” The lust of the flesh is peculiar to youth; the lust of the eyes, the desire of increase in earthly things to enjoy them, comes with middle life, and in old age temptation is “the pride of life.” But not so with the man of faith. Listen to his humble language. He does not pride himself on his faith and trust in God; he knows nothing of self-confidence. “If so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.”

In our day of departure from God and unbelief, may we be like Caleb, “wholly following the LORD.” We, too, wait in faith and in patience for the promised inheritance, which some day will be ours, when He comes to reward His Saints. Then as Israel’s land had rest from war (verse 15) we shall enter into our rest from strife and conflict.

 


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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Joshua 14:4". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gab/joshua-14.html. 1913-1922.

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Saturday, August 24th, 2019
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20
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