Joshua 15:1-63; Luke 18:18-43; Psalm 86:1-17; Proverbs 13:9-10
Teach Me Thy Way
Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. – Psalm 86:11-13
O Lord, I come before You today and ask You, my heavenly Father, to teach me Thy Way. I ask You to unite my heart to fear Thy Name. I praise You, and I glorify (and will continue to glorify) Thy Name. Thank You for Your mercy and deliverance that today I can walk in Your Truth and Yours alone. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
Caleb Drove Thence
And unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a part among the children of Judah, according to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, even the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron. And Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak. And he went up thence to the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjath-sepher.
And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. And it came to pass, as she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wouldest thou? Who answered, Give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs. – Joshua 15:13-19
Drove – to send, expel, or otherwise cause to move by force of compulsion
Thence – from that place
This year is the fifteenth year I am reading through the One Year Bible, and yet the first time I have ever actually “heard” this story. Caleb was given his part of the Promised Land as God had commanded. What struck me was that though Caleb was given what he had been promised, he still had to drive out the inhabitants to conquer the land. Caleb promised his daughter as a wife to whoever conquered Kirjath-sepher. His brother’s son took the land for Caleb and was given Achsah, Caleb’s daughter. How often do we doubt that the promises of God in our lives because they haven’t just “fallen” on us? Have you ever considered that the promise will come when you fight for it? When you get up and drive out, what stands in the way of your promise? What an encouragement the Word of God is. Right there in the middle of list after list of towns and villages.
Cry Out, Ask, Receive
And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God. – Luke 18:35-43
There was a blind man that heard Jesus was passing by, and he cried out for mercy. Those around him got mad and told him to be quiet. He cried out louder. Jesus heard him and called him over and asked, what do you want me to do? The man asked Jesus to heal him. Jesus healed him, and the Bible tells us here the man received his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God. And all the people (all means all) saw what happened and praised God with him (even the ones that told him to be quiet).
The blind man wanted to be healed. Jesus was there to heal, but there were things the blind beggar had to do in this story. He had to cry out to Jesus for mercy. He had to cry out even though those around him told him to hold his peace. He had to tell his need to Jesus. He had to receive his healing. How often do we miss our blessing because we didn’t cry out, ask, or receive?
The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. – Proverbs 13:9