“Caleb drove out the three groups of Anakites- the descendants of Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, the sons of Anak.” (Josh 15:14)
In this chapter, land is given to the tribe of Judah, listing all their region and towns. But they could not drive out the Jebusites, who still lived in the city of Jerusalem at the time Joshua was written. Also, the Lord told Joshua to give Caleb his portion of land, as described last chapter also. So he went and defeated the three descendants of Anak, who were giants in the land and occupied the territory for years. His land was Hebron, changed from Kiriath-arber to Hebron, which means “place of alliance.”
The descendants of a feared giant named Anak ruled this land for many years. The descendants of this giant were the reason the first generation were too afraid to possess the land in the first place. But not Caleb, as we learnt earlier. he kept his faith in God and believed these giants could fall. In a sense, they were a real stronghold in the land, who possessed it for many generations- but that didn’t matter. Caleb knew His God could defeat any stronghold, so he defeated them and took possession of the land, as the Lord promised him. Jesus said that no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder it unless he first binds him, then he can take whatever he wants. (Mark 3:27) We are called to bind the strongman, being the enemy, who has bound man for many generations- and set free those whom he has bound. We overcome the enemy by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony- testifying to what the Blood of Jesus has done for us- and not loving our own lives, even to death. We must give up our lives for souls, because Jesus gave up His life for us. Go, bind the strongman and set people free through the testimony of what the blood of Jesus has done for you. Amen.
“Lord, thank You that You have set me free and also bought my life, redeeming me through Your precious Blood. My life is not my own, so as I realize this, help me never to live for myself again, but for Your kingdom- and the only aim of Your Kingdom is to bring in souls, destroying the works of the devil- let Your Kingdom be my only focus, in Jesus’ name, amen.”
*Mark 3:23-27; 1 Cor 6:19-20; 1 Peter 1:13-21; Rev 12:10