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    by David Wilkerson

    Caleb, whose name means forcible, fortitude, is a type of one who

    clings to the Lord! Caleb was inseparable from Joshua, representing

    one who continually walks with the Lord through all the distractions of life.

    Caleb had accompanied the spies over Jordan, where the Holy Spirit

    drew him to Hebron-"the place of death." Abraham and Sarah were

    buried there, as were Isaac and Jacob and the patriarchs, and years

    later, David's kingdom would begin there. With awe Caleb climbed

    that hallowed mountain and faith flooded his soul. He prized that

    sanctified place and from that time on, he wanted Hebron for his


    It was said of Caleb that he "wholly followed the Lord" (Numbers

    14:24). He never wavered to the very end and at eighty-five years

    of age he could testify: "As yet I am as strong this day as I was in

    the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is

    my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in" (Joshua 14:11).

    In his old age Caleb waged his greatest battle! "Now therefore give

    me this mountain [Hebron]..." (14:12). "And Joshua blessed him,

    and gave unto Caleb...Hebron for an inheritance..." (14:13). "Hebron

    therefore became the inheritance of Caleb...because that he wholly

    followed the Lord" (14:14).

    The message is glorious: It is not enough to have died to sin-to

    have entered fullness sometime in the past. The need is to grow in

    the Lord to the end! To keep your spiritual power and strength

    without wavering. To "wholly follow the Lord" even in old age!

    Hebron-Caleb's inheritance-means a company associated!

    Associated with what? With death! Not only the death to sin in

    Jordan, but living in a place of death. Living with those who are

    associated with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! "Give

    me this mountain," Caleb had prayed. In other words, "Give me this

    walk of death to self!" It was here that Abraham had built an altar

    to sacrifice his son and it was here that Caleb and his tribe would

    live, constantly associated with that altar of living sacrifice.

    Caleb's wholeheartedness for the Lord produced a holy fire for God

    in his children. While the children of the two and a half tribes turned

    away and embraced the world and its idolatry, Caleb's family grew

    stronger in the Lord!

    Godīs desire for all of us is that we enter a place of rest, joy and

    peace in the Holy Ghost. That requires following him "with all thy

    heart...and with all thy strength" to the very end (Mark 12:30).