God LOVES to accomplish His work through those deemed inferior. (From yesterdays look at Isaiah 54) Want a quick list? Moses the murderer, Gideon-the-nobody beating out wheat, Rahab the harlot, David the shepherd (even family knew he couldn’t be the one chosen by God), and the strange assortment of misfits and leftovers that Jesus called as disciples. God LOVES to accomplish His work through those deemed inferior.
Here’s one more for the record: Caleb the warrior. It states in Scripture numberous times that Caleb was “the son of Jephunneh the Kennizite.” In fact, it is mentioned 15 times! It’s like saying, “Do you get this? Are you catching the significance of this fact? Do you know what this means?” In other words, realize that Caleb was only one half Israelite. He was not really of the true people of God–he was sort of grafted in, you might say. He was more like an Old Testament samaritan–an unwanted half-breed. He certainly was not the candidate to stand out as a great spiritual leader among the 12 tribes.
The Kennizites were a tribe in the southern portion of Canaan, a tribe God told Abraham he would overtake (Genesis 15:19). These were the peopleIsrael was to have no mercy over. These represented sin, waywardness, temptation, doorways to idol worship, and their greatest threat to family disintigration. But here stands Caleb, one who God states “has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it,” Numbers 14:24. Amazing.
Even a quick study of Caleb is fascinating. He was a man of great character, oozing with leadership gifts, decisive, courageous, willing to stand out in the crown in all oppostion to popular opinion. Caleb never lost sight of God’s dream for His people, even while suffering for 40 years in the wilderness because of OTHER PEOPLE’S FAITHLESSNESS. Even when he was 85 years old, he states, “I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then. 12 So give me the hill country…” Joshua 14:11-12.
God LOVES to accomplish His work through those deemed inferior. He seeks those who have A DIFFERENT SPIRIT and who FOLLOW HIM FULLY. Everything else is meaningless. In fact, he is looking for those who don’t expect God’s blessing. He loved to work this way long ago…and still loves to do it today.