Continuing to read through Joshua noticed that Caleb’s girl was a little spunky. Now I imagine that apart from pulling out a bunch of books to cross reference, but here’s my theory. During the time of the Exodus women were seen as property. I hold this belief because God did not count them in the total number who left Egypt and because at various others times when the Israelites would slaughter a neighboring citadel they would sometimes just kill the men and take the woman and children as plunder. So nothing profound going on up top just a small observation as I’ve been digging through Judean history.
Which leads me to Achsah, ha, she’s a funny one. Her dad (Caleb) gives her to be married to the man who captures Kiriaht-se-pher. His brave and noble (I’m guessing) nephew Othni-el was the one who conquered it, and rides home victoriously to claim his prize. The drop dead gorgeous (again, I am assuming) daughter of Caleb runs out to meet him. Now realize this man has just risked his life to obtain her hand, they have consummated their marriage, and all this woman got on her mind is the land!
Listen according to the American KJV, I love this! Joshua 15:18-19 And it came to pass, as she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said to her, What would you? Who answered, Give me a blessing; for you have given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs.
Woman was sensual then illuminating! She asks her husband to ask her dad for an additional wedding gift. I am led to believe that he was either not comfortable with approaching the now wildly famous Caleb or maybe the man was tired after a long day on the battlefield for his wife (even if it did include a romantic encounter)! I don’t know. Whatever it was, he didn’t ask, no, no, no, she did! She “lighted” off of her ass, oh, yeah, it’s like she got out of her vehicle with screeching tires, and boldly knocked on her father’s door. Daddy?! I want “another” present! Emphasis added for free. You’ve given me only the desert land, I need springs! She wasn’t going to do one of those shout to the front door deals, she really wanted her daddy’s attention! I could go on and on about deserts and springs, but to keep to my point I’ll stop there. (maybe another time ;)
I have to admire her spunk. Husband possibly even said no, but she wasn’t taking that lying down, she marched right over to the one who had all control of the division of the Promised Land. Yes, Daddy, I want that part please, and you know what, lol, she got it! I think there is a great lesson in this for us today. We don’t have to fight and argue with our husbands about what we think we need or want. We can instead “light off our asses” and possibly even with our hooves a blazing request what we want or need right then and there to our heavenly father. He longs to give his sons and daughters the kingdom. This kind hearted father who did not even spare his only son, how much more will he provide for you or me in our time of need?
Yeah, thought that was a hoot. I love the way the Bible is written, I love that you can read the same passage twenty times and still come up with something new. I love the history and the riddles. I love the miracles and the love of God as bookends to this incredulous story about God and man. Be blessed today would you, and know deep, deep in your heart that if you are a child of God you are a precious part of his eternal family.
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