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圣经告诉我们神把迦勒挑选出来，并称赞他“另有一个心志，专一跟从我”（民14:24）。希伯来文的意思不仅仅是“专一”，它还带有实践一个人的话的意义。迦勒承诺要跟随神，并且他不管情况怎样，都一心要完成那个誓言。就像一只狗，不管去哪，不管情形多严峻，他都跟着主人。他专一地跟着他的主人来实践他的承诺。 45年后，在任何人看来都是很长的一段时间后，当他85岁时，迦勒终于在应许之地领了他的奖赏（书14:6-15）。 “无论是争战，是出入，我的力量那时如何，现在还是如何”（书14:11）。那才叫另有一个心志！
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I love dogs. They are such good companions for people, and some of their facial expressions can be so loveable. Most importantly, their loyalty always impresses me. I have heard many stories about dogs saving their masters or guarding them while they waited to be saved. That’s why I was kind of disappointed to learn that dogs were usually used in a negative sense in the Bible. But that was changed in today’s reading.
Caleb means dog in Hebrew. I don’t understand why a parent would name their son as this, but it was indeed very appropriate in this case. We should not underestimate the scene described in our reading: “That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud” (Nu 14:1). Though we cannot tell whether all the one million or so people were crying out loud, but even 10% of them doing so would have been a disastrous scene. The place must have been chaotic, and it took tremendous courage to stand against the tide under the circumstances. But that’s exactly what Caleb did.
The Bible tells us that God singled out Caleb and commended him for having “a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly” (Nu 14:24). The Hebrew word means more than just “wholeheartedly”. It also carries the sense of fulfillment of one’s words. Caleb made a vow to follow God, and he had every intention to fulfill that vow regardless what the circumstances was. Like a dog, he followed his master wherever he went and however tough the situation became. He followed his master wholeheartedly to fulfill his words. After 45 years, a long time based on anyone’s standard, when he was 85, Caleb finally got to claim his reward in the Promised Land (Jos 14:6-15). “I am just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then” (Jos 14:11). Now, that’s a different spirit!
I admire Caleb. I admire his courage and his strength. Above all, I admire his unyielding conviction to follow his master. I also want that different spirit in me, for only that spirit can sustain me like he sustained Caleb all those years in the wilderness. I pray that the power of the resurrection would invigorate me and everyone who reads this devotion, so one day we may also claim our reward as we enter the eternal Promised Land. Amen.
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