Day Seventy-Two, Joshua 13-17
I’ll confess, today’s reading was filled with boring geographical reading about how the land was divided up among the Israelites. It was filled with unpronounceable names of places, and unpronounceable names of people that took possession of the unpronounceable places that the Israelites conquered.
The one interesting thing that happened in today’s reading was that Caleb requested his inheritance in the promised land. We’ve not heard much of Caleb lately, it’s pretty much been all about Joshua as the leader of the people. But Joshua was not alone on the day that he came back from spying Canaan 45 years earlier. Caleb stood by his side, also trying to convince the people of Israel that the Lord was with them and would give them the land.
Although the people wouldn’t listen to them, on that day, Moses told Caleb, “The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.”
Now, 45 years later, Caleb goes to Joshua with the request, “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”