honoring his promise
Joshua 14:6-15 (JDV)
Joshua 14:6 The descendants of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what Yahveh promised Moses the man of God at Kadesh-barnea about you and me.
Joshua 14:7 I was forty years old when Moses Yahveh’s servant sent me from Kadesh-barnea to scout the land, and I brought back an honest report.
Joshua 14:8 My brothers who went with me caused the people to lose heart, but I followed Yahveh my God completely.
Joshua 14:9 On that day Moses swore to me: ‘The land where you have set foot will be an inheritance for you and your descendants forever, because you have followed Yahveh my God completely.’
Joshua 14:10 “As you see, Yahveh has kept me alive these forty-five years as he promised, since Yahveh spoke this word to Moses while Israel was journeying in the wilderness. Here I am today, eighty-five years old.
Joshua 14:11 I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then.
Joshua 14:12 Now give me this hill country Yahveh promised me on that day, because you heard then that the Anakim are there, as well as large fortified cities. Maybe Yahveh will be with me and I will drive them out as Yahveh promised.”
Joshua 14:13 Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as an inheritance.
Joshua 14:14 Therefore, Hebron still belongs to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite as an inheritance today because he followed Yahveh, the God of Israel, completely.
Joshua 14:15 Hebron’s name had been Kiriath-arba; Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim. After this, the land had rest from war.
honoring his promise
Caleb’s strength continued as long as God’s promise remained unfulfilled. He expected God to honor his promise, and Joshua was given the honor of seeing it done.
Our God has promised hope and renewal and forgiveness to the nations of the planet. It is our honor to see to that these blessed with the promise have an opportunity to receive what has been promised to them. That is why he sends us to them.
Lord, help us to reach the nations you have determined to bless.