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					              CALEB
• Numbers 13 is the story of the sending
of 12 spies into land of Canaan. They
spent 40 days and brought back good
news and bad. GOOD: It is a land
flowing with milk and honey! BAD:
People there are giants that make us
look like grasshoppers. Numbers 13:31-
14:4 tells us 10 spies overwhelmed the
people with their bad report.
         CALEB & JOSHUA
• Only Caleb and Joshua had confidence in
  the Lord (Numbers 14:6-9). The people
  listened to the bad report and spent 40 years
  wandering in the wilderness. The ten spies
  died of plague (Numbers 14:36,37). Joshua
  and Caleb were spared.
• CALEB was spared because “he…has
  followed me fully” (Num. 14:36,37; 32:11,12;
  Deut. 1:36; Josh. 14:8-9,14). What a
  wonderful epitaph: “He wholly followed the
  Lord God of Israel.”
     Following The Lord Fully
• Caleb followed the Lord in the wilderness
  and in Canaan 45 years later (Josh. 14:8-
  10). Many do not do this. They turn back
  like Lot’s wife (Gen. 19:26), even though
  she had cleared the city, she could not
  continue without looking back and
  disobeying God’s rule. Galatians 3:1- tells
  us many are bewitched like the Galatians.
              What About Us
• Shall we follow the Lord in our Youth?
  1 Tim. 4:12- “Let no man despise your youth but
  be an example in word, lifestyle, love, spirit and
  all purity.”
• Shall we follow Him in Old Age?
  Titus 2:1-5- Aged men be sober, grave,
  temperate, sound in faith, in love and patience.
  Aged women be in behavior as becomes
  holiness…”
  Ps. 92:12-15- “Bring forth fruit in old age…to
  show the Lord is upright, and my rock there is no
  unrighteousness in Him.”
  Following With Our Whole Heart
• Means- “love the Lord they God with all your
  heart, all your soul and all your mind and your
  neighbor as yourself” (Mt. 22:36-38)
• Cannot serve with divided heart. Consider
  Solomon who was influenced by worldly
  wives. (1 Kings 11:4)- “when Solomon was old
  his wives turned away his heart after other
  gods and his heart was not perfect with the
  Lord as was the heart of his father, David.”
            Caleb & Compromise
• He would not compromise.
• James 4:4 tells us “friendship with the world is
  enmity with God.”
• Matthew 6:24- “you cannot serve God and
  mammon.”
• 1 John 2:15-17- “love not the world neither what is
  in the world.”
• Will we follow without compromise or with divided
  allegiance? Can only truly follow one way.
        What About the Giants?
• Caleb was willing to face the giants in the land
  because he believed God’s promise (Num.
  13:33.) He was no grasshopper!
• He was willing to face wrath of brethren (Num.
  14:10- congregation wanted to stone them)
• Biggest enemies are sometimes our own
  brethren.
• Willing and confident he could take a mountain
  from the giants in his old age ( Josh. 14:10-12)
    Are We Convenient Servants?
• Will we follow despite ridicule, persecution and
  danger (Matt. 5:10-12- “blessed are you when
  men will persecute you and say all sorts of evil
  against you falsely”)
• HOW WAS CALEB ABLE TO BE SO
  COMMITTED? Num. 14:8-9- they knew the Lord
  was with them and would give them the land. His
  confidence was in the Lord not self. He knew the
  Lord would do what He said He would.
HOW WILL WE DO GOD’S WILL?
• Heb. 12:1-4 Keep your eye on Jesus, He is the author
  and finisher of our faith. Considering the hardships he
  endured we can go through anything.
• Like Caleb we must have a different spirit- “my servant
  Caleb because he has another spirit in him and hath
  followed Me fully, I will bring him into the land.
• Caleb was not a defeatist, nor complainer and did not
  have a “grasshopper complex.” He had a “can do” spirit.
  We have armor to put on today (Eph. 6:10-13) and it will
  enable us to stand against any evil we face.
• Do not listen to those who tell you it cannot be done the
  Lord’s way.
           Lessons From Caleb
• HE WAS A TRUE LEADER OF MEN
• HE WAS A SERVANT WHO SPIED OUT THE
  LAND THEN HELPED DIVIDE IT (Num.14:24)
• HE WAS AN EXAMPLE OF FAITH AND
  COURAGE (Num. 13:30- “Caleb stilled the
  people and said, let us go up at once to
  possess it for we ARE WELL ABLE to
  overcome”)
• He inspired others to serve even in old age
  (Josh. 14:6-12) He was still able to fight at 85.
        WHAT MADE CALEB
          DIFFERENT?
• HE WAS COMMITTED
• HE WAS FOCUSED ON WHAT WAS
    RIGHT
•   HE POSSESSED INTEGRITY
•   HE DID NOT FEAR OR FAVOR MEN
•   HE DID RIGHT BECAUSE IT WAS
    RIGHT
•   HE DIDN’T FEAR –WALKING W/GOD
             Questions For Us?
•    How Useful Are You To the Lord?
•    Are you afraid to do what God told you to do?
•    Caleb lived a fulfilled life.
    1. Only he and Joshua were allowed to enter
     Canaan from old generation.
    2. He inherited the land around Hebron.
    3. His land had rest from war (Josh. 14:15.)
    4. He and Joshua only two out of 603,550 men
     to survive the 40 year wandering. The others
     fell “for they have not wholly followed me.”
     FOLLOW THE LORD WHOLLY AS CALEB &
     JOSHUA.

				
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