So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance. Therefore, Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, completely. Joshua 14:13-14
The story of Joshua and him spying out the Land, and being the only two to bring back a favorable report, had been one of my favorite Old Testament stories. He held on to his promise for 45 years, seeing that God was faithful to keep him alive throughout that time. All of that time, he had prepared himself to take hold of the promise God had for him. He was just as strong at 85 years old as he was at 40 years old. But, his tenacity, his strength, his focus, all of that comes secondary to his faithfulness in following the LORD his God fully. It is important to remember the promises we have in God. It is important for us to stay ready to act upon God’s commands (and the leading of the Holy Spirit). It is important for us to be in good physical shape. But, none of this is as important as us following the LORD God fully.
When we believe God’s promises, we will speak for God as Caleb did. Do you see God? Do you speak of His power to save, redeem, help, guide, and fight our battles? We should listen to the speech of the eighty-five year-old Caleb. He speaks for God.
Caleb was listening carefully to Moses when he spoke the Word of God to the people. In Deut. 1:35–36, Moses said: “‘Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore (solemnly promised) to give to your fathers, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him and to his children I will give the land on which he has walked, because he has followed the Lord completely [and remained true to Him].” That was roughly eight years ago, but Caleb kept track. There is nothing wrong with asking for a spiritual blessing which has been promised to you by God’s Word.
I have always loved the symmetry and balance in Scripture, that everything has a purpose and is illustrative to us of some spiritual truth. The fact that the Hebrews included mainly historical books, such as Joshua, in the Prophets section, reveals a basic attitude of God’s people. They viewed what God revealed here not primarily as a historical record, as much as an authoritative record of selected historical events designed to teach important spiritual lessons. We should therefore recognize Joshua, not simply as a record of history, but as a “selective history” intended to show God’s will. In the Prophets section of the Old Testament, God revealed Himself through historical events as well as through the oracles of each prophet.
If there was ever a Bible character that displayed a right attitude or different spirit toward God and His Word, it was Caleb. The words, “another spirit” can be translated as “a different spirit”. Caleb is a good example of faith and courage, especially since the true church of Christ is being persecuted and abused throughout the world.