Reuben, Gad and 1/2 of Manasseh inherited the land east of the Jordan but they did not drive out the Geshurites or the Maachathites as the Lord had instructed them. Next is the division of the land west of the Jordan. The faithful spy Caleb steps forward first and requests to be given the land in Hebron where the descendants of Anak live. Remember when the 12 spies initially went to scout out the land they came back and 10 said, “There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:33) Well Caleb, at the age of 85 is as strong as he was at the age of 40 when he first scouted out the land and he is just as faithful. Caleb is basically saying that this grasshopper is gonna take down the Anakims and that he did! 💪
Next Othniel, Caleb’s nephew, conquers Kirjath Sepher and as a reward he is given Caleb’s daughter in marriage. Othniel will one day become Israel’s first judge but before that the remaining tribes have to settle into the land. Keep reading.