Joshua 14:12
Now therefore give me this hill country that the LORD promised me on that day, for you yourself heard then that the Anakim were there, with great and fortified cities. Perhaps with the LORD's help I will drive them out, as the LORD has spoken."
Caleb's InheritanceS.R. Aldridge Joshua 14:12
The AnakimsW.F. Adeney Joshua 14:12
Caleb and His InheritanceJ. Waite Joshua 14:6-14
CalebW.F. Adeney Joshua 14:6-15
Caleb -- Youth in Old AgeA. Maclaren. D. D.Joshua 14:6-15
Caleb the KeneziteHenry Smith.Joshua 14:6-15
Caleb the SoldierT. Guthrie, D. D.Joshua 14:6-15
Caleb's ChoiceD. Davies.Joshua 14:6-15
Caleb's ConfessionJohn McNeill.Joshua 14:6-15
Caleb's History -- Piety Portrayed and Piety PromotedHomilistJoshua 14:6-15
Caleb's InheritanceW. R. Campbell.Joshua 14:6-15
Caleb's Reflection on the Goodness and Faithfulness of God to HimJ. Orton.Joshua 14:6-15
Caleb's RewardEdward N. Packard.Joshua 14:6-15
Caleb's Vigour of Mind in Old AgeW. Seaton.Joshua 14:6-15
Following the LordC. D. Marston, M. A.Joshua 14:6-15
God Rewards His Faithful FollowersN. Emmons, D. D.Joshua 14:6-15
Joshua's Grateful RetrospectOur Own MagazineJoshua 14:6-15
The Inheritance of CalebW. G. Blaikie, D. D.Joshua 14:6-15
The Law of DistributionW. G. Blaikie, D. D.Joshua 14:6-15

I. WE HAVE "ANAKIMS" IN OUR INHERITANCE. Some of the highest blessings are fenced about with She greatest difficulties.

1. No earthly inheritance is without its peculiar disadvantages. Some of the "Anakims" which resist us in our efforts to fulfil our mission are

(a) the evil in our own heart, e.g., indolence, fear, earthliness;

(b) the temptations of the world, arising from bad examples, customs, distracting pleasures;

(c) direct hindrance in persecution and opposition growing out of the world's ignorance, prejudice, envy, etc.

2. Nevertheless it is best for us, as it was for Caleb, to have such an inheritance. Difficulties

(a) try our faith and courage;

(b) give scope for energy and devotion;

(c) make the ultimate peace the more blessed.

3. Apply these truths

(a) to private life;

(b) to Church work and the difficulties in evangelising the world;

(c) to public interests, and the hindrances to the work of high principled statesmen and philanthropists which stay the progress of liberty, civilisation, and national prosperity.


1. God with us. This fact is Caleb's ground of confidence. God does not only approve of the right; He aids it. He does not merely send assistance for the battle of life; He is present as the light to guide and the power to strengthen. Caleb had faith in the real and active presence of God.

2. Brave effort. Caleb says, "I shall be able to drive them out." He names God's help first as indispensable; but he does not stay with this. God's grace is no excuse for man's indolence. God fights for us by fighting in us. Ours is the effort, while His is the strength. True faith in God will not paralyse our energies, but inspire them; because it will show us

(a) that, while the victory will not be given unless we fight, when we fight in the strength of God omnipotence is on our side;

(b) and that God then assures us of victory, and that as He is faithful we may be confident of it. Caleb is confident that with God's help he will drive out the Anakims, because this is "as the Lord said." - W.F.A.

By lot was their inheritance.
As the whole inheritance was the gift of God, so each one's share was assigned to him by His appointment. Not even Joshua himself in a display of the greatest wisdom and impartiality could have yielded satisfaction in a matter where so many, and all of one family, were concerned. Only the authority of the Father, who had entailed upon them as His redeemed children this common patrimony, could decide the portion of each tribe and of each family. This may yield great satisfaction to the heirs of promise, who are looking for a share in the heavenly inheritance. There, whatever degree of station, difference of capacity, or diversity of possession may exist, no one but will find his inheritance all he could desire and enjoy, and for ever beyond the possibility of becoming a cause of dissatisfaction to himself or of envy to others. To animate the hopes of the believer, and quicken his desires after it, an outline is presented in the descriptions of heavenly promise. Oh, for a realising faith, that elevation and meekness which characterise the high-born sons of God, and which by present hopes wean the heart from earthly bliss and sublimate its affections to highest joys. The portion of inheritance that fell to the members of this great family was, agreeably to previous instructions in the wilderness, determined by lot; and was to be viewed not as the result of chance, but as the wise and gracious appointment of their heavenly Father. No one but had reason to be satisfied with his portion, and to consider it assigned him with the indisputable exactness of last will and testament. What a sweet thought to the true spiritual Church of God, the heirs of grace and glory, both with respect to their present condition and their future inheritance! He who did not overlook one tribe or family in the earthly Canaan, but provided for them as few or many, now, though the lot is differently determined, as minutely fixes the bounds of His people's habitations, and manages all their affairs. Nor less exact will appear the eternal consummation of His goodness, in the final results of providence, and completion of His covenant purpose.

(W. Seaton.)

Anakites, Arba, Caleb, Eleazar, Israelites, Jephunneh, Joseph, Joshua, Levites, Manasseh, Nun, Ruth
Canaan, Gilgal, Hebron, Jordan River, Kadesh-barnea, Kiriath-arba
Able, Account, Anakim, Anakims, Anakites, Cities, Dispossess, Dispossessed, Drive, Fenced, Fortified, Heardest, Helping, Hill, Hill-country, Large, Mountain, Named, Perhaps, Promised, Spake, Spoke, Spoken, Towns, Walled, Whereof
1. The nine tribes and a half are to have their inheritance by lot
6. Caleb by privilege obtains Hebron

Dictionary of Bible Themes
Joshua 14:12

     4207   land, divine gift
     4831   largeness
     5256   city
     5315   fortifications
     5876   helpfulness
     8220   courage, facing enemies

Joshua 14:6-14

     8024   faith, and blessings

Joshua 14:7-12

     8225   devotion

Joshua 14:9-12

     8331   reliability

Caleb --A Green Old Age
'And Caleb... said unto him (Joshua), Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh- barnea.'--JOSHUA xiv. 6. Five and forty years had passed since the Lord had 'said this thing.' It was the promise to these two, now old men, of the prolongation of their lives, and to Caleb of his inheritance in the land. Seven years of fighting have been got through, and the preparations are being made for the division of the land by lot. But, before that is
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Exploring Canaan by Faith
EXPLORING CANAAN BY FAITH I can not understand faith. What is faith, anyway? I try to believe; sometimes I feel that my faith is strong, but at other times I feel that my faith is giving way. Can you help me in this matter? Faith seems such a hazy, intangible, elusive thing; now I think I have it, now it seems certain I have it not. I feel at times that my faith is so strong I could believe anything, then again I feel that every bit of faith I had is gone. Can you give me any instructions that will
Robert Lee Berry—Adventures in the Land of Canaan

The book of Joshua is the natural complement of the Pentateuch. Moses is dead, but the people are on the verge of the promised land, and the story of early Israel would be incomplete, did it not record the conquest of that land and her establishment upon it. The divine purpose moves restlessly on, until it is accomplished; so "after the death of Moses, Jehovah spake to Joshua," i. 1. The book falls naturally into three divisions: (a) the conquest of Canaan (i.-xii.), (b) the settlement of the
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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