Joshua 14:12 “So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.”
13 Then Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance. 14 Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel.
In my opinion, Caleb is one of the most outstanding heroes found anywhere in the entire Bible. Even at the age of eighty-five, he was still ready to take on a challenge. Scripture says that as the children of Israel were dividing up the Promised Land, Caleb came to Joshua and asked for the mountain where the giants lived. What would cause a man like Caleb to attempt such an impossible task? One of the great strengths of Caleb’s character was his spiritual commitment.
The Bible says that the land of the giants became the inheritance of Caleb because he ‘wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel.’ That phrase, ‘wholly followed the Lord’ is used no less than five times concerning Caleb. The word ‘wholly’ means – fully. Caleb was fully committed to following God and obeying His commands.
Caleb’s commitment to follow God can best be seen in his choice of a place to call home. The Bible says that Caleb asked for the city called Hebron. What was so special about Hebron?
We learn from the book of Genesis that Hebron was at one time the home of Abraham. It was in Hebron that Abraham built one of his altars and worshipped God. The Bible also tells us that Hebron became the place where Abraham, his wife Sarah, his son Isaac and wife Rebekah, his grandson Jacob and his great-grandson Joseph were buried. Hebron became the final resting place of many of Israel’s patriarchs and therefore Hebron held a special place in Caleb’s heart. Caleb wanted to associate with those great men and women who served God.
When it came to selecting a place to live, the Bible says that some of the tribes chose to remain on the wilderness side of the Jordan, while others chose the well-watered plains. But Caleb chose to dwell on the mountain with God and His people. It is interesting to note that the name Hebron means ‘fellowship.’ For the remaining part of his life, Caleb wanted to live in fellowship with God.