by John Greene
On that day so long ago, Caleb was ready to take possession of his inheritance after a long personal wait. This particular day, Joshua and Caleb were the only members of the older generation to enter into Elohim’s [‘God’, YHWH] Promised Land. Caleb was one of 12 spies sent by Moses to scout the Promised Land. Nearly 45 years before, Joshua and Caleb were the only spies that insisted that Israel was ready to take the new land. The others believed that Canaan was filled with barbarians too challenging to overcome. Caleb had also torn his clothes in anguish at the rebellion of the Israelites that desired to return to Egypt. Those rebels had raised themselves up to stone Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb before YHWH intervened. For his dedication, Caleb had to endure 40 years of wandering in the wilderness because of the sin of others while that generation perished. He and Joshua had been spared while the other spies died in a plague.
“And Moses swore in that day, saying, Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and for your sons forever, because you have fully followed after YAHWEH my Elohim.” – Joshua 14:9, HRB
YHWH had kept Caleb alive and strong all this time in the wilderness, just as ready and strong as previously, for going out and coming in. On that day, Caleb had spoken as recounted in Joshua 14:9-12,
“And now, give to me this mountain, of which YAHWEH spoke in that day…”
Joshua honored Caleb’s request as a reward for a lifetime of service and dedication to YHWH. The mountain of Hebron had stood ready for the dedicated servant for 45 years. (Numbers 13-14; “Serving for YHWH’s Honor“)
“And My servant Caleb, because there is another spirit in him, and he is fully following Me, I shall bring him into the land into which he has gone, and his seed shall possess it.” – Numbers 14:24
He was a man of action, bold and frank, without apology for YHWH. Caleb was not afraid of being on front lines and was just as comfortable in lesser positions while he held YHWH’s standard high. Caleb was whole-hearted or “all heart”.
No less than six times, Scripture declares that Caleb followed YHWH fully. His full trust was constant and abiding fellowship with Him. The giants in the land of Hebron did not frighten him and he claimed the promises of YHWH, even when few others did for many decades.
Caleb declared himself fit for war against giants even in advanced age. He proclaimed not his own strength, but that of his Father. He desired to take possession of the land 45 years earlier and had not changed his mind. Caleb was unchanged and undeterred.
The name Caleb means “bold”. The Spirit of YHWH spoke through him when he urged on fellow warriors that were “stiff-necked”. He is called a Kennizzite, which some scholars claim means that his lineage was through Edom and not Israel. Despite this, he overcame pressure and held Elohim’s banner high.
His heart was powerful because he was obedient to the Spirit of YHWH. What Caleb asked for demonstrates his character. Only the YHWH he loved could make that beautiful mountain. To possess such a mountain required full trust and surrender of his heart to YHWH. Since YHWH is not a “respecter of persons”, we can have “YHWH’s mountain” also, even as an everlasting possession. Caleb had not a thought of living in the valley. Do you want to live in the valley or on YHWH’s mountain? Seek and pray for YHWH’s mountain as your everlasting possession. (“YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “YHWH’s Revolution“; “Is Your Forgiveness Real?“; “YHWH’s Prayer Shawl of Protection“)