The order of birth of the children of Jacob was as follows; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. In the allocations of the lands, we now begin with the descendants of Judah. It is important to remember that the land allocation was not based on the hierarchy of the family members but it was by lot like God to Moses and now to Joshua commanded it. Therefore, the lot falls on descendants of Judah. This is the beginning of settling.
This is out of the norm in many aspects especially looking at it from the heavily patriarchal order. In most cases, the eldest son will have to get the largest and the best of the spoils before the rest but God Himself distributes the children of Jacob in the manner that He wants. It was His prerogative to settle them the way He wanted. This is something that we can learn from Gods plan. There was no way that Joshua would have distributed these lands unless God intervened and in this case by lot. No one would take credit nor chose what seems to befit their appetite for the best as far as eyes were concerned.
Victory belongs to God.
In the process, we are reminded of the promise of God to Caleb. He was to live among the descendants of Judah. This promise was fulfilled from verses thirteen onwards. This command was from God Himself because of Caleb’s spirit that delighted Him. The idea of driving out the inhabitants of the land did not falter in the hands of Caleb. He continued to drive them out of the land and even went further to give his daughter to the man would do exactly that! This was a very clever way to ensure that He did what God asked them to do. As far as he was concerned, do whatever it takes to do the Lord’s command!
This is a very tall order for our leadership today. As leaders, more often than not, we think of our good and that of our families. Caleb didn’t know who would marry his daughter but what he cared for was that the Lord would be obeyed. I know that this would be heavily criticized today. Many would say that he wasn’t loving to his family but obsessed with the Lord’s work in that his family was not as important as God. Some would say that he should have been more concerned as to who married his daughter. This is well understood, but what would it take you to do the will of God? What sacrifice are you willing to make to ensure that the will of God is done?
Well, I may not say much as far as this is concerned but I pray that nothing will deny me an opportunity to do Gods will as his servant and a leader to His children.