A devotional look at eleven Biblical dads and what we can learn from them.
The next father I want us to look at is Caleb. You may recall it was Joshua, Caleb and ten others who Moses sent to spy out the Promised Land. Ten reported that the Promised Land was a land full of giants and that the Hebrews could never conquer the land. Caleb believed God’s word and told Moses, “yes, the land is full of giants, but our God is bigger and we can defeat them.” (Numbers 13:30 paraphrase.)
So, Caleb and Joshua were the only two to be given God’s blessing to cross the Jordan River and enter the Land of their Inheritance.
Fast forward now some years and look in the book of Judges, Chapter 1. Caleb has seen the giants in Caanan up close. They are “Nephilim” — half breeds — children of fallen angels and women. They are giants. And the land that Joshua gave Caleb had four known Nephilim cities. Caleb and Joshua had fought hard and long and defeated three of the four, but in his old age he needed help to defeat the last of these villages, Kiriath Sepher.
So, Caleb offered a challenge: To the man who would defeat this enemy village, he would give his daughter in marriage. You might think that offering his daughter’s hand would be something of a prize or property. However, Caleb was smart. You see, he was killing two birds with one stone, so to speak. He would rid the region of the cities of giants, and gain a God-fearing warrior husband for his daughter at the same time. He loved his daughter and only wanted a good husband for her.