(Hebron used to be called Kiriath-arba, after Arba, the greatest man among the Anakim.) Then the land had rest from war.
I. REST FROM WAR IS ONE OF THE GREATEST EARTHLY BLESSINGS. Even if war be a necessity it is a fearful necessity. Rarely are the advantages of a successful war equal to the cost of it. Rest from war affords occasion
(1) for the undisturbed enjoyment of the fruits of the earth and unbroken social and domestic life;
(2) for the practice of peaceful works - the cultivation of science, art, and literature;
(3) for progress in political institutions and the development of civilisation;
(4) for the extension of benevolent efforts and of the missionary work of the Church. Therefore peace should be sought for in prayer and enjoyed with gratitude.
II. UNIVERSAL REST FROM WAR WILL BE ONE OF THE CHIEF FRUITS OF THE TRIUMPH OF THE GOSPEL. Christ is the Prince of Peace. The Messianic age is prophetically described as an age of peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; Luke 2:14). We must look to Christianity for the means of abolishing war, because this only can conquer
(1) the injustice,
(2) the ambition, and
(3) the unruly passions which are the causes of most wars.
War can only cease when right and justice are respected by nations and the brotherhood of all mankind is universally recognised. These are moral conditions. Education, trade conventions, political schemes will not produce them. They are the highest fruits of Christian principle.
III. SPIRITUAL REST FROM INWARD WARFARE IS SECURED TO THE CHRISTIAN BY CHRIST.
(1) The Christian must first fight against indwelling sin, temptation, the evil of the world (1 Timothy 6:12). Earth is our battle-field; heaven our Canaan of rest.
(2) The Christian will be aided by Christ fighting for him and in him. Jesus is the New Testament Joshua. He has conquered the great enemy. He is the source of His people's strength for that inward battle which all must fight.
(3) By the grace of Christ the Christian will ultimately enjoy "rest from war." This is promise
(a) for the individual Christian in heaven (Hebrews 4:9),
(b) for the whole human family at the time of the complete triumph of Christ (Isaiah 2:4). - W.F.A.
By lot was their inheritance.
PeopleAnakites, Arba, Caleb, Eleazar, Israelites, Jephunneh, Joseph, Joshua, Levites, Manasseh, Nun, Ruth
PlacesCanaan, Gilgal, Hebron, Jordan River, Kadesh-barnea, Kiriath-arba
TopicsAnakim, Anakims, Anakites, Arba, Beforetime, Earlier, Formerly, Greatest, Hebron, Kiriath, Kiriath-arba, Kir'iath-ar'ba, Kirjatharba, Kirjath-arba, Named, Rest, Rested, War
Outline1. The nine tribes and a half are to have their inheritance by lot
6. Caleb by privilege obtains Hebron
Dictionary of Bible ThemesJoshua 14:15
LibraryCaleb --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
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