Joshua 15 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional

“Now to Caleb the son of Jephunneh, he (Joshua) gave a share among the children of Judah, according to the commandment of the Lord to Joshua, namely, Kiriath Arba, which is Hebron (Arba was the father of Anak) Caleb drove out the thress sons of Anak from there: Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak. Then he went up from there to the inhabitants of Debir (formerly the name of Debir was Kiriath Sepher). And Caleb said, “He who attacks Kiriath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give Achsah my daughter as wife.” Joshua 15:13-16

Modern day Hebron is a very troublesome place to live. Just watch the nightly news and it is sure to come up. Hebron is the second largest (second only to Gaza) city in the so-called “Palestinian” territories. It is the fourth most holy site for Islam. It is also the second most holy city for Jews (second to Jerusalem) because it hosts the tomb of the patriarchs & matriarchs.

Historically, David reigned as king in Hebron for seven years, and Hebron was where Absalom declared his kingship. Samson took the gates of Gaza and carried them to Hebron. Throughout history, Hebron has been a difficult place. Of course, G_d would choose Caleb to take possession of it!

Caleb actually had history with Hebron about 40 years earlier. When the 12 spies were sent-out by Moses to survey the Promised land, 10 of the spies gave a negative report.

“Nevertheless, the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Cananites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Lets go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” Numbers 13:28-30

40 years have gone by and almost nothing has changed, with respect to the harshness of the land (hill country) or its people (Anakim – GIANTS). But more importantly, nothing had changed in Caleb’s faithfulness. Friends, we must fight to fully lay-hold of what we have been endowed, by Grace. Yes, Yeshua had paid the fullness of the penalty for our sin. Yes, we are saved by Grace and not by Works. But once we have received His atonement, we are given the charge to drive out those former inhabitants. It is G_d’s command that we fight those “former inhabitants”, and by employing His Ruach (Spirit), our victory guaranteed.

The foe is no smaller in our generation as it was in Caleb’s. Faithfulness among G_d’s people in our day is also as rare as it was then. Let’s be a generation that asks for the high and rocky land, and does not fear in presence of giants who are dwarfed by our mighty G_d!

Blessings,
~Steve Wiggins
Daily Devotional, Thursday, July 31, 2014