I think it’s time to put another item on the Snack Bar menu called Caleb’s Crew [right next to Babette’s Feast**]. I never paid much attention to Caleb until this year when a friend of ours, Dan, mentioned that he wanted to develop a spirit like Caleb. I went back and read about Caleb in the book of Joshua.
Here is Caleb in his own words:
Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite spoke: “You’ll remember what God said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me back at Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of God sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land. And I brought back an honest and accurate report. My companions who went with me discouraged the people, but I stuck to my guns, totally with God, my God. That was the day that Moses solemnly promised, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance, you and your children’s, forever. Yes, you have lived totally for God.’
Now look at me: God has kept me alive, as he promised. It is now forty-five years since God spoke this word to Moses, years in which Israel wandered in the wilderness. And here I am today, eighty-five years old! I’m as strong as I was the day Moses sent me out. I’m as strong as ever in battle, whether coming or going. So give me this hill country that God promised me. You yourself heard the report, that the Anakim were there with their great fortress cities. If God goes with me, I will drive them out, just as God said.”
85 years old and still living life to the hilt. Caleb’s spunk didn’t come from himself though. As a commentator talking about Caleb’s courageous stand in Numbers 14 put it, “Caleb was not so much a man of great faith as a man of faith in a great God. His boldness rested on his understanding of God, not on his confidence in Israel’s abilities to conquer the land.”
I’m getting older. [And I know that regardless of your age, if you’re alive, that’s happening to you too.] I’m going to be needing models who can show me what it looks like to bear fruit in old age. Caleb’s crew.
“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming:
“The Lord is upright; He is my Rock
and there is no wickedness in Him.”
I’m not sure if I’ve ever explained Babette’s Feast as a menu item. It’s named in honor of Babette, the generous and gracious cook who made an amazing feast in Isak Dinesen’s short story, Babette’s Feast [which was then turned into a movie]. Here, Babette’s Feast highlights followers of Jesus who have remarkable, though sometimes hidden, lives.