In this chapter, Moses deals with the tribes of Gad, Reuben and half tribe of Manasseh (which is half the tribe of Joseph) as they request settlement on the East of Jordan where there is good cattle grazing land.
Also Reference: Joshua 22, Deuteronomy 11:12
Caleb was an old man when he received his inheritance in the Promised Land. What was it that kept him faithful during the time of the wilderness wanderings and the eventual conquest of the Promised Land?
As we look at the character of Caleb there are 3 things that we can learn from Caleb that will help all of us on our Christian journey.
First of all this morning we will see that Caleb was a Man of Commitment.
Secondly; Caleb was a Man of Courage.
Thirdly; Caleb was a Man of Combat.
As you read the Words of Caleb in the Bible there is one verse that sticks out that gives us an insight into his character.
When Caleb looks back at his life and at the age of 85 he makes this statement found in Joshua 14.8. Josh 14:8 … I wholly followed the Lord my God.
What a great statement that is: As this aged man of God surveyed his life he knew that he had commitment and had given himself unreservedly to the living God.
The Apostle Paul pleads with us to do the same in the Book of Romans. He asks us to give our lives as a living sacrifice.
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
If you are a Christian do you practice what you preach. Caleb had Commitment and courage.
Out of all the spies that went into the land, two stood strong. Caleb and Joshua.
Joshua and Caleb were men of courage. They were willing to take the Land and were prepared to stand against the majority whom had put fear over faith.
There's a lesson for God's people here: Never be afraid to be in the minority when you know the will of God!
If you go back through both biblical and world history you will often find that when God's man or God's woman take God's stand for God's honour in many cases they stand alone or with just a few.
Joshua 2:1-3 " And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country.
3 ¶ And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country."
Joshua 6:22-25 " But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot's house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.
23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.
24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.
25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho."
The completion of this three-part series. The passage provides a marvelous explanation of the grace of God in Jesus Christ. Please enjoy this sermon. For any questions concerning doctrine, please email: [email protected]
This chapter is very clearly divided into two sections:
I. The Matter of the Daughters of Zelophehad: Women's Rights
II. Preparation for the Death of Moses: Succession to Joshua
Also Reference: Deuteronomy 3:27, Deuteronomy 33:5, Judges 17:6
We discuss the man with a spirit that is just not right with God and bent toward evil, causing strife and being contrary for the very sake of provoking people.
Also Reference 1 Samuel 15:23, Psalm 51:10