Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 14:12-15

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 14:12-15 homework

FACTSWhat does it say?
v12: “Give me this hill country, Anakim (giants) were there, fortified cities”  The LORD will be with me, and I will drive them out as the LORD has spoken.
v13. So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb.
v14. Hebron became Caleb’s inheritance because he followed the LORD GOD of Israel FAITHFULLY.
v15.  The land had rest from war.

LESSONS: What does it mean?
v12.  God calls us to HARD, TOUGH things that are too big for us…. thus we need him.  Caleb knew the character of God, knew what God had called him to and then BELIEVED GOD by acting on that faith.  FAITH IS A VERB (an ACTION verb).  WE DO, because we believe.  Caleb believed God and took Him at His Word.
v13.  By faith the blessing was received on the front part of the battle.  Because of the faith of Caleb, he was blessed.  Acting on faith results in blessings from God.
v14.   Faithfulness to knowing God and obeying God will always end in a life blessed by God. Caleb’s testimony to a life of faithfulness: It’s WORTH it! BELIEVE GOD! His Word is True and faithful!
15. When we battle though those daunting times, when we want to walk away from our faith completely, but don’t makes the times of peace that much more of a blessing.  Hang in there, hold on, press in, the King of Peace is coming. (Revelation 21:3-7) It is worth it! Praise God we can hold on through the tough times of trial and tribulation because Jesus overcame the the world!  John 16:33 “These things I (Jesus) have spoken to you SO THAT IN ME you may have PEACE.  In the world you HAVE (not may have, or might have, but HAVE) TRIBULATION but TAKE COURAGE, I have OVERCOME the WORLD!”  AWESOME.  We never want the testimony, the hardship, the struggles that God has entrusted us with… but God has indeed entrusted them to you so that you may hold on because we can… we can hold on because of what Jesus has done for us, and others need to see our peace in the midst of it.  Courage in the midst of it.  The battle in the midst of it… so at the end, when times are peaceful we can shout and share what God has done through the midst of it.

APPLICATIONS: What does it mean to me??
v12.  What “Anakim” (giants) in my life am I facing now?  Do I constantly look for the easy way out, thinking that because I love Jesus the hard stuff will float past me?  When have I believed God through a tough situation, and held on by the skin of my teeth only to find that indeed God was more than enough?  What situation am I facing now that makes me want to run and hide from my faith?  What will I do? Stand or fall? Fight or flee?
v13.   What am I believing God for? (my marriage to improve, a wayward child to come home, a disease to be contained, my economic needs to be met? Support to be raised?)  What blessings are right there for the taking if I just really lived my life believing God really is who He says He is?
v14. Who do I know that has led a faithful life to God?  What is their testimony?  How will I live today in faithfulness to God and His commands?  Tomorrow? The day after that?  Will I start to live a life of faithfulness today?
15.  “And they overcame because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony” Revelation 12:11

What is my testimony someone needs to hear?  What do I have to press into so that someone else can come to Jesus? 

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HOMEWORK: Joshua 21:43-45

13 thoughts on “Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 14:12-15”

  1. Thanks Kendra for this word this morning. Yes, I have an Anakim that I am facing right now. I haven’t done the study just yet but will in a moment. I first wanted to read your thoughts and thank you once again for taking your time to encourage me and to teach me. I appreciate you! May you have an extraordinary day today and feel the love that so many have for you and towards you in a way that just makes you sit back and loosen your spiritual belt because your tummy is so full of blessings! Take care!♥

  2. V. 12 FACTS Give me this hill country; perhaps the Lord will be with me. I will drive them out as the Lord has spoken.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Caleb made his request known for the land he felt he was entitled to. Some things one has a sense of entitlement about, such as an inheritance and it’s obvious Caleb felt this land should be his. But what he did not take for granted, what he did not feel he was guaranteed of was that the Lord would be with him. He knew that just because God had been with Joshua it did not automatically make him reap the same benefits. It’s like when grandma and grandpa are saved: we don’t automatically become saved as well. We must make the choice whom to serve and the choice must be ours. Caleb’s next words proved that he too served this same God when he quoted the Lord’s words back and showed his own determination to follow the commands of God.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? My mother died a week ago yesterday. While my sister and brother feel an entitlement to her estate, I feel none. I expect none. I did not serve her as they did so I am not going to partake in the things she leaves behind. This inheritance does not include me and I have no claim to it. However, unlike Caleb who did deserve this reward of physical/monetary stuff, I will go on and still serve the Lord—as Caleb proclaimed to do. Does that make sense? Caleb was worthy of the land. I am not. But because of God, Who has promised me a far better inheritance, I will fight for the things He has prepared for me. He has given me assurances that are far more meaningful than worldly treasures and through the blood of Christ, I do deserve and get to claim those for myself!

    V. 13 FACTS Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb for an inheritance.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN Caleb got what he wanted from Joshua. His request was made known and responded to positively.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? I too can make my requests known and when they line up with God’s Word, they will be granted.

    V. 14 FACTS Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb, because he followed the LORD God of Israel fully.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME “Followed the Lord God of Israel fully.” What a testimony! Too many times I want to just choose the easy things to obey. I don’t want to do the hard stuff but I need to get over myself and do what is asked rather than what ol’ Stef wants to do. Sigh. Free will is great in so many ways but other times I wish I was more robotic and just acquiesced instead of having to make the conscious effort to love, to forgive, to turn the other cheek.

    V. 15 FACTS the name of Hebron was formerly Kiriath-arba; for Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim. Then the land had rest from war.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN You know the song “There’s a New Name Written Down in Glory”? Won’t it be grand to be known the way I am supposed to instead of by the name I have now for which I feel so much shame? Won’t it be great to have no more war—especially when considering a day like today which marks the attacks of my country?

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME Rest. Peace. Calm. The striving is over (for this day anyways). The giants are gone and cannot harm me. My giants include issues that deal with inferiority, anger, guilt, judgment, betrayal, inadequacies…I could go on and on but that’s not what this verse deals with. It is about victory. I did not win the war with my mother. She did not give me the inheritance I desired from her, which was to know that I indeed mattered to her, that I did make her proud, that I was worthy. One day, though, this will all be made right and the truths will come out—hers and mine. If she was indeed saved then I will reunite with her and our God will make the wrongs right and we can then share His estate. Until then, I will just keep on trying to follow His commands, focusing on the good things He has promised me, and trusting that at the end of it all, He will say to me, “Well done, my child.” He won’t be ashamed to call me His own.

    APPLICATION As I reflect on this lesson, I don’t mean to sound like a whiny baby. No, my mother didn’t love me the way many of yours did. But I still learned great lessons from her (opposite of what she taught by example) that enable me to be a better mother myself. Following and understanding scripture is often misinterpreted by God’s people by false and inaccurate teachings. My hope is that I will continue hearing truths, continue seeking my God, and continue to grow in Him while staying humble and remembering that what the world thinks of me is not what matters. Staying true to Him is!

    1. Oh Stefanie, I had no idea your mom had passed. I am so sorry that things did not get “worked out” like you wanted. You are right though, wrongs wiil be made right, and when He ‘rights’ them they’re fixed. That is His promise to you, to us all. Again I am sorry! I will keep you in my prayers, my friend. Robin

  3. Joshua 14:12-15
    12-(C to J) Give me the hill country the Lord promised me.
    -You remember as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns.
    -But, if the Lord is with me, I will drive them out of the land, just as the Lord said.

    13-So Joshua blessed Caleb, son of Jephunnah and gave Hebron to him as his portion of land.

    14-Hebron still belongs to the descendants of Caleb because he wholeheartedly followed the Lord God of Israel.

    15-Previously Hebron had been called Kiriath-Arba, after Arba, a great hero of the descendants of Anak.
    -The land had a rest from war.

    12-Claim and live by God’s promises.
    -remember what He has enabled you to do in the past, and go forward without fear.

    13-When God promises, there is blessing, though not without a fight first! The Fight isn’t mentioned, it’s miniscule in importance to receiving God’s promised land.

    14-Leave a legacy to your children—a love for God because of wholeheartedly following the Lord.

    15-Because of claimed promises, and following the Lord, there is a new name, a new start and a new leader, and there was REST.

    12-What promises do I need to remember? Am I living in fear instead of faith? Where should I be walking forward to claim my promises?

    13-What battle am I focusing on that’s huge in my eyes but in God’s sight doesn’t even rate mentioning? Am I looking at the blessing or the battle to make my decisions?

    14-What legacy am I leaving my children? How can I show them I am wholeheartedly following the Lord? What will they permanently receive or learn from my choices?

    15-What all will be reborn because I follow God and trust his promises? What is new? Do I have rest that comes from new beginnings?

  4. Hi online friends,
    I hope this week finds all of you doing good. I appreciate all of your insight. It gives me a much clearer picture of what we’ve read.
    I did want you to know that I did go in and record my thoughts from last time. I got it all typed out and hit the wrong button and erased the whole thing. It was late at night so I could not re-type it. Just didn’t want you to think I am a slacker..hahaha

    OK here goes:

    v.12) Caleb said to Joshua “Give me the land the LORD promised me. I did what He said and drove out the Anakites.”
    v.13) Joshua blessed Caleb and gave Him his inheritance.
    v.14) So Hebron has belonged to Caleb ever since because he folowed the LORD the God of Israel wholeheartedly.
    v.15) Hebron used to be called Kiriath Abra after Arba who was the greatest man among the Anakites. Then the land had rest from war.

    v.12) Some grounds have to be claimed outloud before we can get them. Some things the LORD hands to you and some things you have to “faith” your way through. You must believe Him. Caleb stating “The LORD helping me” that was the key right there.He knew where his strength really came from.
    v.13) This is a beautiful picture to me. I can see us putting our hands on our kids and speaking a blessing over them. What a special bond they had. We must leave our children “blessed” spiritually. We must claim our inhertiance and take our ground. We are the beloved.
    v.14) There is great reward for the ones who never give up! Because of Caleb’s stick-to- it-ness towards God he received the blessing.
    v.15) (I LOVE THIS PART) Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after the “greatest man ” among the Anakites BUT it is not called that anymore. I used to be called “sinner” but because of the “real greatest man” I’m not called that anymore..and we can rest in that! Just like they did.

    -What grounds have I “give-up” because of fear or tiredness or laziness.
    -Do I conquer, then stand my ground? Do I have heaven (our promised land) in my sights daily? Am I blessing those who will follow?
    -Do I see the big picture and does this control how I act?
    -Do I sometimes forget that my name is no longer “sinner”?

    I loved this weeks lessons. The LORD will not let me get to far without reminding me that I’m a daughter of the Almighty KING. Oh how I adore HIM!!!!!

    I pray that all of you have a very blessed week and I deeply care for you all!!
    In Him, Robin

  5. I’m so sorry I’ve not been able to get on here like I’ve wanted to lately. Things have been so busy! I’ve been trying to read the thoughts you all have posted though. It’s encouraged me a lot lately.
    Thanks, Kendra for continuing this study. Can’t wait to hear you speak at the Sisterchicks gathering in Oct. in Marion!
    Stef, I’m so sorry about your mother. A loss is a loss no matter whether the relationship was good or not. I pray the Lord will be your Comforter! The wrongs will be made right one day.
    Here’s my thoughts on the Scripture in a shortened version:

    Facts – v.12 Caleb: Give me the mountain. The cities were great & fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me & I shall drive them out as the Lord said.
    v.13 Joshua blessed him.
    v.14 Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb because he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.
    v.15 Hebron was formerly Kirjath Arba(Arba was the greatest man among Anakim). The land rested from war.

    Caleb believed God would do what He said He would do. He trusted God & wasn’t afraid to talk about His trust to others, giving God the glory.
    He received the blessing & inheritance b/c he wholly followed the Lord. Caleb was a great example of how great God is to those who fully trust, obey, and tell others of God’s goodness.
    Caleb received a great inheritance & rest from the battles he’d had to endure.
    What a promise!! God is GOOD! We must stay in the battle to the very end. Our inheritance is great & our rest from the battles in this earth will come!! It a story that must be told b/c it’s not just something that happened in the past. It can happen now! O glorious day!!

    Lord, Help my unbelief b/c it gets in the way. Don’t allow me to be afraid & keep reminking me when I am & want to stop fighting the battles. Holy Spirit, remind me of Your Word. Give me courage to tell others. Help me see opportunities. Your strength, Oh Lord, will keep me & hold me. Then, Oh Lord, I can receive the inheritance & rest You’ve promised. Glory to God! Forever! You deserve my time, talents, treasures, & testimony. That’s what I have that’s the most important things to give to You. Amen.

  6. Welcome back, Kay! Thanks for the condolences too. Indeed we do have a far greater inheritance on the other side and I look forward to hearing my name read from the Book of Life, validating that I am His, God’s child, and that I am home, home at last.

    1. Praying for you Stefanie! We are sorry for your loss. May the love of God comfort you and bring you the peace that can only come from Him.

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