...and to Caleb will I give the land that he hath trodden upon and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the Lord.
Deuteronomy 1:36

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            Caleb,  son of Jephunneh                                                                 This is a true story!

Caleb was one of the 12 spies who spied out the land of Canaan.  He and Joshua were the only ones who had faith enough in God to go up and possess the land at once. 

     The other 10 spies just put a downer on the whole thing and
God put a curse on the other 10 spies because they did not have faith that God would help them.
 Here's that story.

     While Caleb and the Israelites were in between 'slavery in Egypt' and
'freedom in the promised land', God commanded them to build a tabernacle.

     The purpose of the tabernacle was so that God could dwell among the Israelites and be their God, and they would know that the Lord was their God who brought them out of Egypt. 

     Moses asked any one who wanted to bring an offering for the building of the tabernacle could.  They would need:
     ● gold, silver, and brass
     ● red, purple, and blue cloth
     ● goats' hair and rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins
     ● shittim wood
     ● oil and spices
     ● onyx stones

     God hand-picked Bezaleel from the congregation and gave him talents of
     ● stone carving and
     ● wood cutting and
     ● weaving and
     ● embroidering.
Bezaleel taught Aholiab to help him.

     The people were being so generous that after a while Bezaleel had to tell Moses to announce to the congregation that they had too much stuff and for people to quit giving to the building of the tabernacle.

     Exodus 35 - 40 tells how they made the tabernacle.  On the first day of the first month of the second year that the Israelites were free from slavery, the tabernacle was anointed by Moses and ready for use.

     Aaron's garments (he was the high priest) was called an ephod.  The craftsmen engraved the names of the 12 tribes of Israel on onyx stone and he wore this on his shoulder pieces and he wore a golden head piece that said 'HOLINESS TO THE LORD'.

     After the anointing of the tabernacle, a cloud covered the tent of the congregation and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  When the cloud lifted, the Israelites knew that it was time to move on; when the cloud rested on the tabernacle, they knew to stay put.  The cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle during the day and fire was upon it by night so that all Israel could see it.

The tabernacle was the Israelites portable sanctuary.  This is where they offered sacrifices and worshipped God.


Caleb was of the tribe of Judah.

Caleb was 40 years old when he spied out Canaan.

Caleb was 85 years old when he received his inheritance for wholly following the Lord.  Caleb and his family received Hebron, the city of the Anakims (these were the very big people).

Caleb was as strong when he was 85 as he was when he was 40.  He fought the three kings of Hebron and drove them out even though they were sons of Anak. 
Joshua 14 - 15


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