“Now, as you see, from that time until now the Lord has kept me alive and well for all these forty-five years since crisscrossing the wilderness, and today I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent us on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then! So I’m asking that you give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as spies we found the Anakim living there in great, walled cities, but if the Lord is with me, I shall drive them out of the land.”
So Joshua blessed him and gave him Hebron as a permanent inheritance because he had followed the Lord God of Israel.
Wow – what a statement?! Rewind back 45 years and we see Caleb, Joshua and ten others being commissioned and sent on a mission as spies to assess, gather evidence, and report back on the land of Canaan. Caleb and Joshua came back in faith while the others were in tatters – for they assessed the situation through their natural eyes instead of their spiritual eyes.
Some historians claim that Caleb’s ancestors (the Kenizzites) were one of the tribes in Canaan at the time Abram was called out. So like Rahab and Ruth, it is highly likely that Caleb was grafted into the stock under the Passover Provision as recorded in Exodus.
This gives me some affinity with Caleb. Friends if Caleb had done otherwise, we could have traced it back to his alien ancestry. Today, we would recommend a deliverance service to address his roots and break the curses of idolatry, but thank God this man chose to walk by faith and not by sight. One version records that he wholly followed The Lord!
His conversion was genuine and wholehearted, his choices were wholesome, his work ethics impeccable, hence he was able to lead a prosperous and victorious life in his new-found faith.
Most of us should be addressing our habits and character flaws instead of seeking deliverance from demonic strongholds. The cross has all we need for a victorious life on earth, what we do after the cross – determines our destiny.