Friday, April 3, 2015

C is for Caleb


Caleb was the Israelite son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and the older brother of Kenaz. He was a Scout, a soldier and a shepherd during his life. Caleb was one of the 12 spies that Moses sent to the land of Canaan to survey the land.

Caleb and Joshua were the only two spies who were able to enter the Land of Canaan or the Promised Land. This was after wandering around the desert for 40 years as a punishment from God.  This punishment was given because of the Israelites complaining about food and water, rebellion against Moses and their hesitation to enter Canaan because of the powerful people already living there. 

Caleb was not afraid to voice his opinion in favor of conquering the land even though he was the minority.  Even if he was faced with obstacles he expressed faith in God’s promises.

We can learn from Caleb’s life:
-Majority opinion is not an accurate measurement of right and wrong
-Boldness based on God’s faithfulness is appropriate
-For courage and faith to be effective, they must be combine words and actions
-God hates sin and punishes it.  We can be thankful that Jesus took that punishment for us.

Caleb’s story is told in Numbers 13 – 14.

until next time...nel


  1. I've been reading through the Bible again this year, so have read about Caleb recently. So much to learn from the OT men of faith and courage. Enjoying your theme!

  2. I love how Caleb wasn't afraid to conquer the Promised Land, even being over the age of 80 :) He knew God was on his side.


  3. I like how you are listing lessons to be learned from the characters you are talking about. Interesting topic!