Forgotten – Caleb


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

1. Who Is Caleb?

Numbers 13:6 - “...from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh...”

Numbers 14:24 - “But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.”

Deuteronomy 1:36 - 36 “...Except Caleb the son of Jephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and to his children I will give the land on which he has trodden, because he has wholly followed the Lord!”

Numbers 13:28 - “However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there.”

Numbers 13:30 - “But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”

Numbers 13:31-33 - “Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”

Numbers 14:7-12 - “...and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel. And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them? I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

Numbers 14:22-24 - “...None of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice, 23 shall see the land that I swore to give to their fathers. And none of those who despised me shall see it. 24 But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.”

2. How Did God Reward Caleb?

Joshua 14:13-14 - “Then Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance. 14 Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel.”

3. What Can We Learn From Caleb’s Story?

1. No matter what you are facing, God is faithful and He never forgets his promises.

Joshua 21:45 - Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.

2. Regardless of how far you have gone with the Lord, there is always more ground to take, more room to grow, and more mountains to climb.

"God's man (or woman) is indestructible until he has finished the work that God has called him (or her) to do." –Jerry Falwell

3. Even though you feel that God has forgotten you, He still promises to bless those who follow Jesus with their whole heart.

Deuteronomy 7:9 - “Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.”

Group Questions:

Q1: Reading the OT reveals that God normally uses normal people to do his extraordinary work. In our culture it’s the rich, the famous, the powerful that seem to get honor. Does it surprise you that God uses regular people to do significant things? Explain your thoughts.

Read Numbers 14:7-9

Q2: Is there someone in your life that just seems to have great faith? How does their faith affect you?

Read Numbers 13:31-33

Q3: Notice the number of times that the fearful 10 used the word “we”. Joshua and Caleb referred to the Lord in the previous passage over and over. How does it change the way we see the world when our focus is on what God can do, not just on what we can do?

Q4: Has there ever been a time when you didn’t think God was going to be faithful to you? If so, how did you handle it?

Read Deuteronomy 7:9

Q5: This is a promise to God’s people. How can your group pray for you to grow in your faith and trust in God’s faithfulness?

Close your group in prayer. Consider asking God to make your group like Joshua and Caleb within our community and culture. “…the world is just waiting to see what God can do through one man (or woman, or group, or church) who is totally devoted to Him.”   

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