Devotional: ‘Raising Up Giant Slayers’

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Caleb was a remarkable man of God. Scripture says that even at age eighty-five, Caleb went up against three giants and defeated them. But there was another aspect of Caleb’s greatness. He inspired others to strive to be great as well.

Joshua 15:14 And Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak, Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai, the descendants of Anak. 15 And he went up from there against the inhabitants of Debir… 16 And Caleb said, “Whoever strikes Kiriath-sepher and captures it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter as wife.” 17 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, captured it. And he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.

Debir was a city not many miles from Hebron. Because of its close proximity and association with Hebron, it is very likely that there were giants living there as well. Caleb gave a challenge to the men following him. Whoever defeated the giants of Debir would have the right to marry his daughter. Scripture says that a man by the Othniel, who appears to have been Caleb’s younger brother, took the challenge and conquered Debir.

But that’s not all of the story. As we continue to read from the Bible, we see that Caleb’s daughter was also a courageous person as well.

Joshua 15:18 When she came to him, she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she got off her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?” 19 She said to him, “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” And he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

After her marriage to Othniel, Caleb’s daughter approached her father for an increase in their inheritance. “What do you want?” Caleb asked her. “Give me a blessing. Since you have given me the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” Very little is known about Negeb, only that it was probably a part of this region. If so, then there may have been giants there as well. “And he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.”

When Caleb’s daughter asked for the land, she was declaring that she and her husband were willing to fight the enemy and to conquer the land for Israel. This must have pleased Caleb very much for he gave her the land without any hesitation. As you read on in the fifteenth chapter of Joshua you see that the hill country of Debir eventually became a part of Israel’s possession, indicating that Otheniel and Achsah defeated their giants as well.

It’s great when a man like Caleb has faith in the Lord and defeats his giants. It’s even greater when a man like Caleb passes on his faith to his family. Our children and grandchildren will have to face many giants in the days ahead. There will be the giants of social acceptance and political correctness. There may even come the day when the giants will come to the church and demand us to stop preaching in the name of Jesus, or else we will be punished. What will happen when those giants arrive? Will our children give in or will they stand strong? Much of what they do will be determined by what they are seeing us do today. If they see apathy, they will most likely be apathetic. If they see compromise, they will most likely compromise. But if they see courage and conviction, then there is a good chance they will be courageous and full of conviction as well.

 

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