Pastoral Commentary for Joshua 14:6-15:63
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
Caleb was one of only two spies out of twelve who trusted God and encouraged the people to take the land that God had promised to them. Caleb's faith was prompted by God's faithfulness to bring his people out of slavery and through the desert to the edge of the Promised Land. At this point in the book of Joshua, God has given the land to His people. Caleb now reminds Joshua of his own faithfulness so that God's Word may be found true: "Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever." Thus, on his eighty-fifth birthday Caleb asks Joshua for the hill country of Hebron, even though the inhabitants have not yet been driven out. Joshua followed God's Word and gave Caleb the land God promised him through Moses. Chapters 15 lays out the boundaries of the territory of the tribe of Judah, who was given priority over the other tribes by Jacob. Boundaries are an important aspect of life, not only when it comes to land and property but in relationships as well. Good boundaries make for good relationships. When boundaries are unclear we trespass on each other's territory and cause problems in each other's lives.