Joshua 14* The nine tribes and a half to have their inheritance. (1-5)Caleb obtains Hebron. (6-15)1-5 The Israelites must occupy the new conquests. Canaan wouldhave been subdued in vain, if it had not been inhabited. Yetevery man might not go and settle where he pleased. God shallchoose our inheritance for us. Let us survey our heritage ofpresent mercy, our prospect for the land of promise, eternal inthe heavens. Is God any respecter of persons? Is it not betterthat our place, as to earthly good or sorrow, should bedetermined by the infinite wisdom of our heavenly Father, thanby our own ignorance? Should not those for whom the greatmystery of godliness was exhibited, those whose redemption waspurchased by Jesus Christ, thankfully refer their earthlyconcerns to his appointment? 6-15 Caleb's request is, "Give me this mountain," or Hebron,because it was formerly in God's promise to him, and he wouldlet Israel knows how much he valued the promise. Those who liveby faith value that which is given by God's promise, far abovewhat is given by his providence only. It was now in the Anakims'possession, and Caleb would let Israel know how little he fearedthe enemy, and that he would encourage them to push on theirconquests. Caleb answered to his name, which signifies "allheart." Hebron was settled on Caleb and his heirs, because hewholly followed the Lord God of Israel. Happy are we if wefollow him. Singular piety shall be crowned with singularfavour.
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