Numbers 14:20 - 24 The Promise, Joshua 14 The Fulfillment 40 years later Churchill. “Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization…Hitler knows that he will have to break us on this island or lose the war. If we stand up to him, all Europe may be free. Let us therefore brace ourselves and bear ourselves that if the British Empire lasts for a thousand years, men will say, ‘This was their finest hour.’” To Be Like Caleb Num 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. Num 32:12 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the LORD. Num 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. Josh 14:13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance. 14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel. Josh 15:14 And Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak. Judges 1:20 And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled thence the three sons of Anak. To Be Like Caleb We Must 1. Submit to God's Authority. Num 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. For 40 years Caleb has served The Lord, Moses, Joshua, & Israel with neither :- Regret, Remorse, Resentment, or Rebellion These attitudes were rife in the people. God said Num 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, A Spirit Of Faith, A Spirit Of Fear (Godly), A Spirit Of Fortitude,(what doesn't kill you makes you stronger), A Spirit Of Faithfulness Polycarp - proconsul took pity and urged him to proclaim, "Caesar is Lord". Polycarp responded, "Eighty-six years I have served Christ, and He never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?" Polycarp was burned alive at the stake. & stabbed. Submission is the humble recognition that God’s resources are bigger than yours. Shop “Mommy, his hand is bigger than mine!” 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. God’s hand contains greater glory, honour, and power. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
2. Seize God's Destiny. Josh 14:12 - 14 Now therefore give me this mountain, Caleb Knew :- His Place Joshua was a leader, caleb was a fighter. When David wanted to build the temple. 1 Kings 8:18 And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart.19 Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name. His Purpose 6 Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea. (a) To Purge the Land, (drive out the inhabitants) (b) To Possess the Land, (c) To Protect the Land, (d) To Progress the Land His Promise Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadeshbarnea. His Possession Josh 14:12 Now therefore give me this mountain, His Problems Josh 14:12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said. Problems with the People for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there Problems with the Place and that the cities were great and fenced: Problems with the Perception (Age) whereof the LORD spake in that day;(40 years ago) But No Problems with the Power if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said. 3. Serve God Wholeheartedly. Num 32:12 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the LORD. Caleb Knew :- The Deceit Of Compromise The Danger Of Compromise He experienced 40 years in a desert wilderness as the consequence of weak, half-hearted commitment demonstrated by Israel. The Disloyalty Of Compromise Gen 39:7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me 8 But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; 9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? A family moved to the country to escape the city life. Desiring to raise cattle, they bought a ranch. (No Cattle) “The problem started when we tried to choose a name for the ranch. I wanted to call it the Flying–W. My wife preferred Suzy-Q. My son pleaded for Bar-J, and my daughter liked the name Lazy-Y. We couldn’t agree, so we compromised and named the ranch the Flying-W, Suzy-Q, Bar-J, Lazy-Y Ranch.” “Where are the cows?” “They’re all dead. None of them survived the branding!”