This week, we are taking a look at men and women in the bible. Yesterday, we kicked off by having a look at Joseph. Today, I want us to take a look at Caleb. I think it is fair to say that one of the well known men of the Old Testament was Joshua. Joshua of course was the leader who led the Israelites into taking possession of the Promised Land. However, right beside Joshua was this man, Caleb. Now, we don't see as much about Caleb in the bible as we do about Joshua, however what we do find out about Caleb demonstrates to us that he was a faithful and dedicated servant of God.
The chapters where we find out most about Caleb come in Numbers 13 and 14. Caleb was of course one of the twelve spies that Moses sent out to explore the land of Canaan. Now, we have to remember this: Numbers 13:1 says "The Lord said to Moses. "Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites..." And so, when Moses sent out the twelve spies, of which Caleb was one, they were being sent to explore the land on the promise that God was going to give this land to the Israelites.
Now of course, we know the story. The twelve spies go out and explore the land. Ten went back with a negative report to Moses and Aaron... 'Don't do it!! There are giants! They are powerful!' However, Caleb silences the people before Moses and says 'We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.'. All twelve spies saw the same thing! The difference was this; ten of them saw the giants and immediately took their focus off the promises of God! Fear gripped them! However, Moses and Caleb, despite seeing the giants in front of them, stood firm on the promise of God, that He was going to give them the land. They saw the giants too... but they knew that the Almighty God, the God who had delivered His people from Egypt, who had been their provision... they knew He was bigger than any giants they had to face.
It is easy to read this passage and question the ten who went back with a negative report. But the question for this morning is: when giants come before us, do we stand firm on the promises of God? Or do we lose heart?