Snapshots: Day 130
The Snapshot: “Give me a blessing; since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water.” (Josh 15:19) Caleb’s daughter is just settling down to married life and comes back and makes this request of her father who has oversight of this part of the land. The Message Version expands on it: “When she arrived… Caleb asked her, “What would you like?” She said, “Give me a marriage gift. You’ve given me desert land; Now give me pools of water!” Smart girl. Yes, the land is great but to flourish we need water, lots of it! Sensitive children of God realise their new life is great but there is yet more to come – we need water, we need the Holy Spirit, in abundance, we need to be immersed in Him, filled with Him, if we are to flourish. Ask and you will receive (Lk 11:13). How many live thirsty lives because they don’t ask, “Give me a blessing … give me also springs of water”? (Jn 7:38,39)
Further Consideration: Wisdom sometimes comes from unlikely sources. Here we are focusing on the ‘big people’ like Joshua and Caleb and then suddenly up pops Caleb’s daughter, ‘a chip of the old block’ as the saying goes, and she comes and makes this seemingly simple request. Caleb is a leader in Judah and so her land is in the south. Apart from the (Mediterranean) coastal plain much of Israel is hilly. The further south you go the lower the rainfall tends to be and to the far south of course is desert. Thus in the records, wells and springs are important sources of water in the land. The different between the two is that a well was man-made and tended to need to have water drawn by rope and bucket, while springs tended to be natural, mostly constant (except in drought times) outpourings of regular supply. She is looking for living water as against well water (ponder on the difference in Jesus’ talk with the Samaritan woman – Jn 4).
Recognising and rewarding the importunity (this demanding entreaty) we see, “So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.” (v.19b) Two lots of water, one possibly lower down and more accessible and the other higher up, maybe accessibly to herds of sheep on the hillsides. A double blessing. Now of course Jesus spoke of such pictures, for example, “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (Jn 4:14) and “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (Jn 7:38 – referring to the Spirit). So, upper and lower springs? Just to ponder on – upper, in the head, revelation in the mind, lower, in the heart signifying the thrust of life. Does the Holy Spirit bring you regular revelation, does He bring you regular life that bubbles up in you, or are we missing out in our inheritance and need to ask for Him to come with releasing?