Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 30, 2015

“how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”

Today’s Scripture comes from Joshua Chapter 14.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+14&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“6 Then the sons of Judah drew near to Joshua in Gilgal, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know the word which the Lord spoke to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh-barnea.  7 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 word back to him as it was in my heart. 8 Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear;  but I followed the Lord my God fully.  9 So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God fully.’  10 Now behold, the Lord has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, when Israel walked in the wilderness; and now behold, I am eighty-five years old today.  11 I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me;  as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in.  12 Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities;  perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I will drive them out as the Lord has spoken.”

13 So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance.  14 Therefore, Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite until this day, because he followed the Lord God of Israel fully.  15 Now the name of Hebron was formerly Kiriath-arba; for Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim.  Then the land had rest from war.”  Joshua 14:6-15.

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Part of Caleb’s faith was that the LORD indeed would reward him and fulfill His promise.  And, Caleb believed that the LORD would reward him with the promised hill country.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6.

We too must believe, not only lamely that God exists, but that God also rewards us.

In addition, part of Caleb’s faith was that the LORD was his God.  In  verse 8, he refers to the LORD as “my God“.  And, Caleb was bold enough to ask his God for the promised hill country.  Verse 12.

This faith is not only in the existence of a god somewhere out there, but it is a faith in a Faithful Father.

Here is what the Heidelberg Catechism states about this faith in a Faithful Father.

Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father. 

What was the result of such a faith and specific request by Caleb? 

“So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance.”  Verse 13.

We too must ask for those good gifts.

Ask, and it will be given to you;  seek, and you will find;  knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:7-11.

“In that day you will not question Me about anything.  Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.  Until now you have asked for nothing in My name;  ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.”  John 16:23-24.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory;  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

“What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:31-32.

So, “ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.”  John 16:24.

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