Caleb had served God well. When given a chance to rebel against faith in God personally, he chose to lean into faith. In doing so, he escaped judgment and avoided an unforeseen consequence. If Caleb had predicted the destruction of Israel by Anak, he would’ve also been guilty of leading people away from their faith. It was more than a personal conviction. It had consequences. What is funny about Caleb is that his response in his old age to reflecting upon these things is not to simply ask for his due in faithfulness. Instead, he asks for the ability to fulfill his call to take the land he first scouted. This is particularly interesting because he was now an octogenerian. This is a good pattern of faith for us to follow. In his old age, Caleb wished to do even more work for God. He wished to fulfill the things that he couldn’t focus on when he was young and yet still knew needed to be accomplished. His idea for himself was not to rest, but to focus further.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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