Joshua and Caleb

In today’s Explore, Annette talked about the twelve spies, some looking through the eyes of fear and two looking through the eyes of faith.

Can you be like Joshua and Caleb and have a ‘But God…’ attitude?  Can you gain a different perspective with God’s help?

As we went for bread and wine we pushed a coin under a ‘But God’ poster, to commit a situation to God.

We sung songs of God’s greatness:

How Great Thou Art (O Lord My God)

Good, Good Father

King of Kings, Majesty

Great is Thy Faithfulness

What thought or decision did you take from today’s meeting?


Here’s what the bible says about Caleb:

Caleb is a Leader
“From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.” Numbers 13: 1

Caleb a Servant
“But because my servant Caleb…” Numbers 14:24

Caleb has a Different Spirit
“…Caleb has a different spirit…” Numbers 14:24

Caleb Follows the Lord wholeheartedly
“…and follows me wholeheartedly…” Numbers 14:24


and here’s what I think we can reasonably infer:

Caleb is Strong
The scouts must all be physically strong to traverse the terrain and scout out the land.

Caleb has Man Skills
The scouts didn’t set out in fully stocked camper trailers with full electricity and air conditioning.  No, these men walked, they hunted and gathered their own food, they made fires, they used weapons, and they knew how to be secretive.

Caleb is Brave
Not only would scouting out enemy territory take bravery, speaking out the truth when everyone else is saying something else takes strength and bravery.  Peer pressure is one of the hardest things to resist.  Caleb risked being ostracized from among his people by refuting their stories and speaking his own, non-conforming opinion.

Caleb is an Independent Thinker
When the scouts came back and began reporting to Moses, it would have been easy for Caleb to simply agree with their reports or even to assume that since so many of them had the same opinion, that they must be right.  Instead, he asserts his own assessment despite guaranteed backlash.

Caleb is Respected
Numbers 13:30 says “Then Caleb silenced the people…”  In my experience, it takes someone with some pull and respect to silence a group of people and command their attention.  Not quite anyone can do that.

2 Replies to “Joshua and Caleb”

  1. I took comfort in thinking that I’m doing the right thing for my friend to support her and confirm that she is brave, strong and confident in fighting for her children and trusting in God.

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    1. Well done, Lorna. We so appreciate you.
      I was struck by how often we are like the ten spies who were impressed by the difficulties and talked about them, and not like the two spies who thought we could surely do it with God.


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