by: Pastor Joey Vazquez
Joshua 14:14 (NLT) Hebron still belongs to the descendants of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite because he wholeheartedly followed the Lord, the God of Israel.
Out of all the adults that were part of the exodus from Egypt, only Joshua and Caleb remained alive after forty years of wandering through the wilderness. This was due to the sin of the people in believing a bad report about the land from ten spies instead of believing God, who had told them that He was giving them the land. After forty years of wandering, the people were now ready to cross over into the Promised Land with Joshua leading them.
After the Israelites conquered the land with Joshua leading them, it was time to divide the land. When the land was being divided between the twelve tribes of Israel, Caleb went to Joshua to ask for his share of the land, as promised to him by God because of his loyalty and faithfulness to Him (Numbers 14:24). He asked for the hill country where the descendants of Anak (the giants) lived. Joshua gave Caleb that land and by faith and with the strength and wisdom that God provided to him, he took possession of the land by defeating all the enemies of Israel and of God there. Hebron was a beautiful parcel of land that produced lush grapes and other fruits and vegetables. It was a productive land. Caleb was eighty-five years old when he finally took possession of his parcel of land, so one could wonder why he cared so much about where his land would be because he was old and wouldn't be around to enjoy it for that much longer. But Caleb was not thinking about himself. He was thinking about his children and about all his descendants that would come after him. The Bible tells us that Hebron belonged to his descendants because Caleb followed the Lord wholeheartedly.
Have you ever thought about the effect that your faithfulness to God can have on your children and your children's children? Have you ever thought about the people that would one day be on this earth through your lineage? Did you know that God promises His blessings on a thousand generations of those that love and serve Him faithfully? We are only on this earth for a short journey before we go to meet our God and Creator. Don't live just for the moment or just for yourself. As you love and serve the Lord in your life with all your heart and soul, you will be blessing your children and all of those that come after you. Leave a legacy of blessings to your descendants as Caleb did to his. It will bless many people after you and it will bring glory to God!
Pastor Joey Vazquez