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The Loyalty Dare      Josh. 14:6-15, 15:14-17      June 24, 2012


Introduction

       Many times as a child someone in our group of children would dare a person to do some unusual feat. That is not really that similar to this lesson but most of us can remember the dares of childhood. Loyalty need not be an action of a dare but a way of a Christian lifestyle.


 

1.   The Loyalty Dare; . . Builds On A Testimony of Loyalty from the Past. 14:6-12

A.  Builds A Testimony From the Loyalty of the . . Past. 14:6-7

       1.    Past Loyalty of Joshua and Caleb. 14:6-7

6 Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said

       to him: "You know the word which the LORD said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in

       Kadesh Barnea.

       7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the

       land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart.

 

       2.    Present Loyalty of Total Commitment. 14:8

8 Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed

       the LORD my God.

 

B.  Builds a Testimony From the Loyalty of the . . Present. 14:9-12

       1.    Loyalty . . Declared by Moses. 14:9-10

       9 So Moses swore on that day, saying, 'Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your

       inheritance and your children's forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.'

       10 And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD

       spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five

       years old.

 

       2.    Loyalty . . Defined by Caleb. 14:9-11-12

       11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is

       my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.

       12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day

       how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be

       with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said.


       Were you ever challenged to an area of loyalty in your Christian life? As a young man I remember the

       treasurer in our church giving his tithing testimony, It was a challenging testimony and it confirmed to me

       the blessings of tithing. It challenged me to become a loyal tither. The pastor of our church at that time

       was a man named Mack Douglas and he regularly challenged us to be personal witnesses. I accepted the

       challenge and still do my best to witness whereever I go. In recent years I have been challenged by friends

       and fellow pastors to be faithful to the Lord and the ways of commitment. It is a blessing to know my

       example has challenged others and a joy to see others involved in service to the Lord.

 

 




 

2.   The Loyalty Dare; . . Blossoms On The Rewards of Loyalty. 14:13-15

      A.  Blossoms on the Rewards of . . Appreciation. 14:13-14

      13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance.

       14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day,

       because he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.

 

      B.  Blossoms on the Rewards of . . Acknowledgment. 14:15

      15 And the name of Hebron formerly was Kirjath Arba (Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim).

       Then the land had rest from war.


       Do you believe you have been rewarded because of your loyalty to the Lord? We do not serve for rewards but the Lord gives them just the same. If you think back to your childhood did you think you would have the blessings materially and otherwise that you have today? Look at your children are they faithful to the Lord? How about grandchildren? I think some of the finest blessings are those we reap from our children. Have you ever been recognized someway as a result of your faithfulness and reputation for standing for the principals of the Lord? N o doubt Joshua and Caleb learned from one another. Joshua was placed in a place of power and he remembered his fellow servant Caleb. Do you think Caleb’s health was blessed because of his loyalty to the Lord?


 

3.   The Loyalty Dare; . . Bravely Challenges Loyalty. 15:14-17

 

A.   The Challenge From the . . Example of Caleb. 14:14-15

       14 Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak from there: Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak.

       15 Then he went up from there to the inhabitants of Debir (formerly the name of Debir was Kirjath Sepher).

 

B.   The Challenge From the . . Enticement of Caleb’s Daughter. 14:16-17

16 And Caleb said, "He who attacks Kirjath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give Achsah my daughter as

       wife."

       17 So Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it; and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.


       The example of Caleb certainly challenged others to be faithful. What a brave man he was. At 85 he went to conquer the land led by three giants who were the sons of Anak. The Bible reports this about one giant named Og, king of Bashan, as it tells us he was a giant whose iron bedstead was thirteen and a half feet long, and six feet wide (Deut. 4:11) I guess they could not move around as well as Caleb and the men of Israel so it was not an even fight in many ways. Caleb challenged his men by offering his daughter as the reward for the man who attacks the town of Kirjath Sepher and takes it. Caleb certainly was a man who demonstrated the

The Loyalty Dare. Amen? Amen!

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