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Creating a Legacy

Numbers 13:6,8 (NIV)
6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;
8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea son of Nun

OBSERVATION
In the list of the leaders who we chosen to spy out the promised land, their tribal linage is noted. I focused on the two who not only got to go in to possess the land, but lead the people into the promise.

Caleb is from the tribe of Judah. In Genesis 49:8-12 is the blessing that Jacob pronounced on his son Judah:
8 “Judah, your brothers will praise you;
your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
your father’s sons will bow down to you.
9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah;
you return from the prey, my son.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until he to whom it belongs shall come
and the obedience of the nations shall be his.

Now more than 400 years later, Caleb is a freed slave wondering in the dessert. But God's plan is at work. Caleb will become admired for courage, his legacy one of faith and tenacity. And as a "general" who leads God's people into the promise he sees his enemies defeated. To me, Caleb initiates the legacy of significance carried by the tribe of Judah as promised by the Lord (the tribal lineage of the Messiah)

Joshua is of the tribe of Ephraim. Ephraim is the second son of Joseph. The dream that God gave Joseph of his brothers (and eventually the world) bowing to him was not only fulfilled as the Lord raised Joseph us as a leader in Egypt, but all these centuries later as Joshua leads God's people into the land. Just as God used Joseph to preserve His people, so would He use Joshua to fulfill the promise given to the Patriarchs.

APPLICATION
On the day when they were nearly killed for giving their report, I doubt Joshua and Caleb we thinking about the word God had given to their forefathers centuries before. While wandering in the wilderness for an additional 40 years, it probably didn't feel like they were contributing to a God-ordained legacy. As they waged was to possess a land, I doubt they did so with the intent of making a name for themselves. What was at work was not only for their own benefit, but the fulfillment of God's promise generations before that would have an effect generations beyond thier own.

I think of Shealyn Hamilton, an itinerant Baptist pastor and my great-great grandfather. I think of my son, and his son one day. I must keep in mind that it is my responsibility to the generations before me and the ones that follow, to live my life in faith and obedience. God has given a promise to my "tribe" and through my family line that has an eternal impact.

PRAYER
Lord, let me be known as a man who has the same heart and faith as Joshua and Caleb.

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