by David Wilkerson
Caleb, whose name means forcible, fortitude, is a type of one who
clings to the Lord! Caleb was inseparable from Joshua, representing
one who continually walks with the Lord through all the distractions of life.
Caleb had accompanied the spies over Jordan, where the Holy Spirit
drew him to Hebron-"the place of death." Abraham and Sarah were
buried there, as were Isaac and Jacob and the patriarchs, and years
later, David's kingdom would begin there. With awe Caleb climbed
that hallowed mountain and faith flooded his soul. He prized that
sanctified place and from that time on, he wanted Hebron for his
It was said of Caleb that he "wholly followed the Lord" (Numbers
14:24). He never wavered to the very end and at eighty-five years
of age he could testify: "As yet I am as strong this day as I was in
the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is
my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in" (Joshua 14:11).
In his old age Caleb waged his greatest battle! "Now therefore give
me this mountain [Hebron]..." (14:12). "And Joshua blessed him,
and gave unto Caleb...Hebron for an inheritance..." (14:13). "Hebron
therefore became the inheritance of Caleb...because that he wholly
followed the Lord" (14:14).
The message is glorious: It is not enough to have died to sin-to
have entered fullness sometime in the past. The need is to grow in
the Lord to the end! To keep your spiritual power and strength
without wavering. To "wholly follow the Lord" even in old age!
Hebron-Caleb's inheritance-means a company associated!
Associated with what? With death! Not only the death to sin in
Jordan, but living in a place of death. Living with those who are
associated with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! "Give
me this mountain," Caleb had prayed. In other words, "Give me this
walk of death to self!" It was here that Abraham had built an altar
to sacrifice his son and it was here that Caleb and his tribe would
live, constantly associated with that altar of living sacrifice.
Caleb's wholeheartedness for the Lord produced a holy fire for God
in his children. While the children of the two and a half tribes turned
away and embraced the world and its idolatry, Caleb's family grew
stronger in the Lord!
God´s desire for all of us is that we enter a place of rest, joy and
peace in the Holy Ghost. That requires following him "with all thy
heart...and with all thy strength" to the very end (Mark 12:30).
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