Y'hoshua (Joshua) Chapter 14

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Nun- faithfulness, soul,downfall and rising again.

Y’hoshua 14:1-5 Now these are the territories which the sons of Israel inherited in the land of Kena’an (Canaan), which El’azar (Eleazar) the cohen (priest), and Y’hoshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the households of the tribes of the sons of Israel apportioned to them for an inheritance, by the lot of their inheritance, as the L-RD commanded through Moshe, for the nine tribes and the half-tribe. For Moshe had given the inheritance of the two tribes and the half-tribe beyond the Yarden (Jordan); but he did not give an inheritance to the L’vi’im (Levites) among them. For the sons of Yosef were two tribes, M’nasheh (Manasseh) and Efrayim (Ephraim), and they did not give a portion to the Levites in the land, except cities to live in, with their pasturelands for their livestock and for their property. Thus the sons of Israel did just as the L-RD had commanded Moshe, and they divided the land.

The Levites were given no land but cities to dwell in. Those that follow Yeshua will be priests and kings. We will inherit the city of the New Yerushalayim above.

Y’hoshua 14:6-12 Then the sons of Y’hudah (Judah) drew near to Y’hoshua in Gilgal, and Kalev (Caleb) the son of Y’funeh (Jephunneh) the K’nizi (Kenizzite) said to him, "You know the word which the L-RD spoke to Moshe the man of G-d concerning you and me in Kadesh-Barnea. I was forty years old when Moshe the servant of the L-RD sent me from Kadesh-Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought word back to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the L-RD my G-d fully. So Moshe swore on that day, saying, 'Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you have followed the L-RD my G-d fully.' "And now look, the L-RD has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the L-RD spoke this word to Moshe, when Israel walked in the wilderness; and now look, I am eighty-five years old today. I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moshe sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in. Now then, give me this hill country about which the L-RD spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the L-RD will be with me, and I shall drive them out as the L-RD has spoken."

In B’midbar (Numbers) chapter 13 Moshe sent 12 spies into the Promised Land, Kalev was one of them. Kalev believed that G-d would give Israel the victory when the others did not.

B’midbar (Numbers) 13:30-33 Then Kalev (Caleb) quieted the people before Moshe, and said, "We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we shall surely overcome it." But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us." So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size. There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."

Continuing in chapter 14 of B’midbar (Numbers) we see that only Kalev and Y’hoshua trusted G-d. The rest did not and because of their lack of faith they were not permitted to enter the Promised Land. Kalev on the other hand was promised a special inheritance. Forty-five years had passed and Kaleb is now an old man of eighty-five. He is just as eager to fight Israel’s enemies, as he was when he was a man of forty. What a testimony! He comes to Y’hoshua asking for what is rightfully his and his descendants forever.

B’midbar (Numbers) 14:22-24 Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs, which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it. But My servant Kalev (Caleb), because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it.

Y’hoshua 14:13-15 So Y’hoshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Kalev (Caleb) the son of Y’funeh (Jephunneh) for an inheritance. Therefore, Hebron became the inheritance of Kalev (Caleb) the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite until this day, because he followed the L-RD G-d of Israel fully. Now the name of Hebron was formerly Kirat-Arba (Kiriath-arba); for Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim. Then the land had rest from war.

Kirat-Arba – means city of the 4 giants.

Today the city of Hebron is not controlled by the Israelites. But G-d is faithful to keep His promises and He will restore it one day to its rightful owners.

Y’hoshua and Kalev stood out because of their faithfulness and also because they acted on their beliefs. You can even believe that the Father sent Yeshua to be raised from the dead but to receive an eternal inheritance you must also act upon it. How?

Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Yeshua came to die for us and to be raised again. If you do this he promises you paradise and rest in the other world. All our transgressions are then no longer held against us forever.. We will be glorified with Him. He will reign and we will then reign with Him. The land will then rest for one thousand years. No more war. No more battles. No more pain. May you receive a thousand years of Shalom with Yeshua as our King of Kings!