March 22, 2019: SOAP #3396: Joshua 12-13; 1Corinthians 7 ! Scripture: Joshua (NIV) 14: 6 Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the […]
March 22, 2019: SOAP #3396: Joshua 12-13; 1Corinthians 7 !
Scripture: Joshua (NIV) 14: 6 Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8 but my brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people sink. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly. 9 So on that day Moses swore to me, '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.' 10 “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! 11 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. the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” 13 Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. 14 So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.
Observation: Caleb and Joshua were the two oldest peoplein the nation of Israel. Theirgeneration had died in the wilderness during their 40 years of wandering. It had taken them 5 years to conquer anddivide up the promised land. Now, at age85, Caleb is still strong and ready for battle.
Application: It is good to hear testimonies of God'sdeliverance from life controlling sins. We can rejoice in the victories. But it is even greater to see what God can do with a life that has notbeen scared by sin"one that has 'wholeheartedly followed the LORD!' Young people need to be told this story!
Prayer: Lord, fill your church with people who have atestimony like Caleb! Amen
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