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An Old Man and Giants
As the children of Israel neared the Promised Land, Moses sent out 12 men (one from each tribe) to spy out the land and report on their findings.
When they returned, the spies complained that in a place called Hebron,
There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight. (Numbers 13:33)
So the Israelites wept all night, they complained about the leadership of Moses and Aaron, and determined among themselves to select a new leader to take them all back to Egypt. The numbering which had just taken place revealed 603,550 men of fighting age and armed. (Compare that to the current U.S. military strength of 1.5 million, half of which are support personnel.)
603,550 men, plus women, children and elders (a conservative two and a half million people) were scared and wanted to go back to slavery!
But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb â€¦ tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.' Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them."
And all the congregation said to stone them with stonesâ€¦. Numbers 14:6-10
Because of their faithfulness, Joshua and Caleb not only survived the following plague which killed the other spies, but the Lord promised that they would be the only Israelites that left Egypt who would actually enter the Promised Land after forty years of languishing in the desert.
After five years of fighting, Israel had gained possession of a portion of the Promised Land and Joshua was in the process of dividing the land among the various tribes and families.
Caleb spoke to Joshua, "I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. â€¦So Moses swore on that day, saying, 'Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children's forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.'
And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.
Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said."
And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb as an inheritance. Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb â€¦ to this day, because he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel. â€¦ Then the land had rest from war. (Joshua 14:6-15)
Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak from there: Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak. (Joshua 15:14)
The book of Joshua tells us, "None of the Anakim were left in the land of the children of Israel; they remained only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod."
Caleb was a realist.
He was no starry-eyed dreamer. Caleb saw the difficulties right along with the possibilities. Giants are tough to beat, whether they are physical or mental.
When we assert the concept of State sovereignty, we are beaten back by federal bureaucrats and courts. A great majority of the population honestly believe that whatever the Feds say, goes.
Caleb knew the cost; he also knew the reward.
Caleb had the courage of his convictions.
He stood his ground when the others were ready to run. How easy it is to side step, back peddle, and keep silence when confronted by the opposition. There are only a few of us who have ever had to face the Empire's guns, but the day will come when it will be common place.
Caleb shouted down the opposition by declaring a confidence in the cause and in the Lord God Almighty. Caleb's courage came from knowing that living in freedom was God's will.
We will not know that same conviction and courage unless we are such students of God's Word that we know that living in liberty is His desire for us. We must recognize that the Southern States of Right ought to be Free and Independent States and that we should be Absolved from all Allegiance to the Empire based in the District of Columbia.
In the end, Caleb took the fight to the enemy.
He was at an age when everyone else was dead or retiring. Eighty-five years old and looking for a fight. Not just any fight, but he wanted to fight the people whose reputation had kept him and his family in the wilderness for forty years.
The home Caleb wanted was occupied by the enemy. The South-land that we want is occupied by the enemy. They came in 1861 and have not left.
Caleb stared the giants in the face and took them down. With the strength and courage which only God above gives, we will do what it takes to restore liberty to our beloved South-land.