Numbers 34: Be Bold with God
Admittedly, I’m not very good at Biblical genealogy, but I was reading in Numbers 34, and I was thinking about Jesus coming out of the tribe of Judah.
In this chapter, the land of Israel is being divided by lot, and God is telling Moses who will draw the lot for each tribe.
Num 34:19 And the names of the men are these: Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
Upon reading this, I thought about the shared qualities of Jesus and Caleb. Obviously, they were not identical, but both of them were incredibly bold.
In terms of Caleb, you may remember from a little while ago that he saw the people in Canaan and was immediately sure that the Israelites could overcome them.
Num 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
Num 13:31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
Even though nobody else agreed with him (except Joshua), he was convinced that because the Israelites had God with them, they would be able to overcome anything. Standing alone like that is brave.
Jesus was also incredibly brave. Beyond the fact that He came to earth and became human, when He was physically here, He preached the word of God even when it was somewhat controversial.
Joh 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
Joh 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
To use a cliché that is extraordinarily overused, Jesus drew a line in the sand. He essentially said that He wanted the people to watch how He was acting, and if He ever deviated from doing the will of God, they would know not to believe in Him.
Even though Jesus already knew that He would do everything His Father wanted Him to do, it was still a bold statement. He was not afraid of being evaluated and tested.
While the boldness of these two men did not really depend on each other given that they were separated by earthly time, I think that we can learn something about them. Both of them were not afraid to take challenges head-on, and they were not afraid because they had God with them.
We have God with us, so with the proof of what people have done with Him before, why do we fear?