Every one of the people of God had a place in the Promised Land – that place where God would walk and talk with His people again. Consider too the importance of family faith. It is Caleb’s nephew Othniel who becomes his heir and Israel’s first Judge after Joshua dies.
Caleb was a man to walk the mountains with, hale and hearty at eight-five years old, strong as a forty-year old man, strong for war.
But that’s not what recommends him here, well, not mostly (it is pretty cool!).
Caleb’s faithfulness and trust in the Lord can clearly be seen in v12, “It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the LORD said.”
And then v14, “… because he wholly follow the LORD, the God of Israel.”
Caleb loved the Lord, he was faithful.
And we read of the allotment to Judah in the land, in a fair bit of detail.
And it’s pretty exciting really, because if the Lord went to this much trouble for the earthly kingdom that passed away, how much deeper and fuller are His plans for us in the new heavens and the new earth!
It’s interesting to think what might be ordered in glory. Will there be travelling troubadours? Will there be clans and tribes that meet one another for feats of strength and dancing and feasting?
Those thoughts probably aren’t worth going to the mattresses for. Glory will be beyond what our feeble minds can understand in full. But we do know in part. And praise God for His word that tells us of that part!
Rev 21, v1 says “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”