Tuesday, November 17, 2009

daily text 11/17

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
"[Caleb] has followed Jehovah fully." (Deuteronomy 1:36)

We need to obey Jehovah completely, as the Israelite Caleb did. After Israel’s deliverance from Egypt in the 16th century B.C.E., Moses sent 12 men to spy out Canaan, but only 2 of the spies—Caleb and Joshua—urged the people to have full trust in God and enter the land. (Numbers 14:6-9) Some four decades later, Joshua and Caleb were still alive and following Jehovah fully, and God used Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. However, the ten faithless spies evidently died during Israel’s 40-year trek in the wilderness. (Numbers 14:31-34) Like faithful and obedient Caleb, we will have divine support if we ‘follow Jehovah fully.’ If we face great obstacles, we will be blessed as we ‘follow Jehovah fully.’ But doing so throughout life, as Caleb did, can be a challenge. Regardless of the trials we must face, may we always obey God completely and keep him before us constantly.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 1:11, 13)

*the account of Caleb and Joshua is pretty sobering in regards to what it means to have real faith and trust in God.
First of all, I have the hardest time understanding how so many Israelites could have personally witnessed all of Jehovah's miracles firsthand, both in Egypt, and also during the exodus at the Red Sea,...yet it was only Caleb and Joshua who didn't allow their faith to waver, or lose trust in God's promise throughout their life.
And secondly, how on earth were they able to handle being surrounded with such a negative & critical attitude day in and day out? The Israelites were some seriously stubborn, untrusting, and fickle people! Just look how even Moses said he'd rather die than have to deal with them anymore! lol ...

"I am not able, I by myself, to carry all this people, because they are too heavy for me. So if this is the way you are doing to me, please kill me off altogether." (Numbers 11:14)

Poor Moses. =) I completely understand why the attitude of the Israelites were recorded to serve as 'a foreshadow' of what Christians would have to deal with today. Caleb and Joshua must have been some pretty incredible men!