CALEB: WHAT IT MEANS TO
WHOLE-HEARTEDLY FOLLOW THE LORD
JESUS CHRIST said, "If any man desires to come after Me, let him
deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me" (Matt 16:24).
Following the Lord isn't always easy, but it is always right. The
Bible is filled with stories of courageous people who were willing to
do God's will against all odds. Are you?
One such man emerged on the pages of Hebrew history at a crisis
time. He stood as a minority in a moment when the mentality was
"Thus saith the majority." Would anyone dare to speak out and
declare, "Thus saith the Lord?"
It was a hot day in the wilderness of Paran as the people awaited
an important report. We know it was a hot day because all days in
Paran are hot. Moses had sent twelve spies into the prospective
Promised Land. The fact they returned was good, but the news
they brought was bad. Hear their report:
"We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and
honey, and this is its fruit. 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 ... (Resume reading verses 31
- 33)" [Numbers 13: 27,28 & 31 - 33].
The land's bounty is described by the terms "milk and honey."
"Milk" means there were many domesticated farm animals in the
land. "Honey" translates the word "dibbs." It actually is a
dehydrated paste made from grape juice. The term meant there
were many vineyards in the land.
Notice the response of the people Numbers 14: 1.
Caleb and his friend Joshua were the two among the twelve spies
that dared to venture according to the promise of God. He was not
deterred and responded -- Numbers 14: 6 - 9.
Surely such courage will be applauded. Not so, notes Numbers 14:
10a, "...stone them with stones."
Surely Caleb did not read the mood of the crowd. He knew such a
bold declaration ...
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