Summary: One of only two who made it from Egypt to the Promised Land, Caleb at 85 years old still slayed the giants. You can too if you serve God WHOLEHEARTEDLY1
The Skipped Over Books of the Bible
Part 1: the Laws
Absolute Laws: obeyed then, obeyed NOW
Holiness Laws: to show how we can LOVE GOD
Civil Laws: to show how we can LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR
Wellness Laws: to show how we can LOVE OURSELVES
Part 2: the Gems in the Desert
God’s Hornet, preparing a way for us but LITTLE BY LITTLE
Caleb, the Giant Killer
Preface: The miracles of God and evidence of God’s presence
Ten Plagues on Egypt
Pillar of Fire and Cloud to lead them
Crossed Red Sea on dry ground
Egyptians destroyed on same dry ground
Wealth of Egypt with them
Manna given every morning in the dessert
Water from a ROCK
Quail flying low enough for meet
God’s presence on a mountain, on a tent, on the face of Moses
Send one from each tribe to explore the land
Brought back the GOOD
- flowing with milk and honey
- grapes clusters so big it took two men to carry them
Brought back the BAD
- People are powerful, Anakites
- Huge fortified WALLs
Brought back the UGLY
- Spread a bad report
- Grumbled against Moses
- Let’s go back to Egypt
Caleb and Joshua
- Tore their cloths, a sign of EXTREME anguish, sorry, repentance
- God is please with us!
- Don’t REBEL
- Don’t be AFRAID - BELIEVE!
A new census, none alive of those who left Egypt except
Tribes of Gad and Reuben don’t want to fight for rest of Israel
Don’t be like your fathers in the desert!
Joshua and Caleb followed God WHOLEHEARTEDLY
As opposed to HALF heartedly
That was a “half-hearted attempt”
Basketball practice was a challenge by the coach to turn half-hearted players into whole hearted players. My coach would not be happy unless we had floor burns on our knees. My coach placed a bucket on each end of the court for players to throw up in. We would run until we threw up, drink water and run again. Any half-hearted attempt at a pick, a pass, or getting position for a rebound was answered by the coach with running. He didn’t care about talent, he cut a lot of talent, what he cared about was HEART, a wholehearted attempt at basketball AND LIFE. I still love the man today and would hug him and thank him if I saw him.
As a manager I had good employees and bad employees. Good ones were wholehearted at work, bad ones were half-hearted. Good employees understood the need to work hard and take ownership of their job and the company. Bad employees didn’t care about the work or the company they only cared about doing just enough so they would not get into trouble and would still get their paycheck. I promoted, gave raises to, and more responsibilities to the good, wholehearted employees. I demoted, didn’t give raises to, and took responsibilities from the bad, or simply began the documentation leading toward firing them.
God wants your WHOLE heart!
It is like stepping out in faith out into a chasm like Indiana Jones. BUT
- You have seen God send and angel to carry people across the chasm before
- You have been carried by an angel across other chasms before
- You have seen and been a part of MANY MORE miraculous things before