Caleb

Caleb was one of the 12 spies sent into the land of Canaan before Israel’s invasion. When the spies returned, they told Moses that “the people who live there are powerful; and the cities are fortified and very large. We saw descendants of Anak there” (Num. 13:28).  “Then Caleb said, ‘we should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it’” (Num. 13:30). Notice that Caleb never disagreed with the facts of the majority report. These cities and giants were real. He didn’t minimize the obstacles, but neither did he minimize the resources available to overcome the obstacles. Because 10 out of the 12 spies voted NOT to enter the land of Canaan, Israel would spend 40 years wandering in the desert until the generation of Israelites, over 18, would all die off and the proceeding generation would enter the promised land of Canaan.  Only the 2 spies who voted “YES” to enter the land did so 40 years later–Caleb and Joshua. We see Caleb again 45 years later when Israel is back in Canaan, dividing the land. As a reward for his faithfulness, God promised Caleb first choice of property in the land—and Caleb was ready to collect.  Caleb is an 85 years old leader when he finally gets the reward he had been waiting for, for over 40 years.  Caleb is the classic “godly” man of faithfulness, honor, integrity, character and an excellent leader.