The Reality of Occupying Canaan

The Reality of Occupying Canaan ( Joshua 14:6-15)

6Then the people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God in Kadesh-barnea concerning you and me. 7I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him word again as it was in my heart. 8But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God. 9And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ 10And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. 11I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. 12So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said.”

13Then Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance. 14Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite to this day, because he wholly followed the Lord, the God of Israel. 15Now the name of Hebron formerly was Kiriath-arba.a (Arbab was the greatest man among the Anakim.) And the land had rest from war.


  1. We think some truth that relates between the occupying Canaan and the birth of Christ or, the presence of Christ. The reason that I compare two each other is to understand the reality of occupying Canaan. What do you think of it?

In fact the occupying Canaan was accomplished by the purpose of Christ’s coming. (Matthew 1:21), the salvation of his own people in the view of redemptive history.

  1. The occupying Canaan points the reality of redemption, the forgiveness of sins, Immanuel and the assurance of mission. In such meaning we enjoy the reality of Canaan in the Christian life. And also we have to expect to experience the wonderful grace in our present life. Actually it is the experimentalof Roman 8: Theat Paul tasted in his life. “ I am more than conqueres” or, the abundant life of God’s love. Do you enjoy this grace oin your life?

  1. It is to have the assurance of forgiveness of Sins.(10)

  1. Verse says “ “ What do you find in the event of Canaan’s warfare? Why did God want to kill the all tribes of Canaan? I our God, Jehovah so cruel without giving some mercy to poor man? It is like the conquer as the cruel dictator, Jingiskan who was a leader of Mongolian country. His occupying method is to demolish his enemies and his family completely. The method were used by Assyria in history. God’s command was worse than the dictator’s one. Israel should demolish the all Canaan tribes. What does it mean? We need the right interpretation of that event. It means that God treat the sins. “the debt of sins is the death.” The event reveals the true reality to his people. So We can understand one of the reality of occupying Canaan, that is the forgiveness of sins.

  2. Actually we can enjoy the assurance of forgiveness of sins by confessing our actual conviction. I Jn 1:9 says “ “ 1:7 “ “ according to these passages John had enjoyed the abundant grace of the forgiveness of sins. This is the one of the Canaan’s reality. What is your worst trouble in your life? It is the sins issue. We have to occupy the issue by the power of God. Although the sin is very strong very miserable in our lives we believe that Jesus Christ solved the issue by his death. We got the freedom out of every sins. So we can enjoy his permana nt forgiveness in our lives.
  3. Ex: How can the adultery woman got the forgiveness of his shameful sins in her life? “ I am not condemn you. Do not commit sins.” How could Jesus say such things ? because he can do solve every sins that is the essence of the man’s problems. And also because he accomplished every sins of his own people as his death of cross. Now our Lord proclaims to us, “ I do not condemn you becausr I am the absolute offering of atonement for you. Aready God accepted the price of his death as precious blood. We believe in it.

  4. Example: Today many people struggle their quilty feeling in their lives. Oice in the inner part. The quilty makes us to be worse in our lives. Althoug we tried to repay the byrden of conscience by our good behaviore and our good things, we can not calm down the little small voice. Then we should trust on the absolute merit to clean up our sins. Why? Only the merit of Christ can clean up our sins because God accepted his death as absolute substitutive offering for us. So we can believe that after we confessed our sins to od by faith we can say , “Thank God for your merit of Christ. We can praise the Lord because of the merit power of Christ death. This is the reality of occupying Canaan .

  1. It is to have the assurance of Immanuel.(12)

  1. Second reality of Canaan occupying ismust be the experience of Immanuel. Actially Immanuel means the reality of fullness of Holy Spirit and the presence of living God.

  2. When we think of the event of Canaan battle we can find the main cause of victory in it. What is it? It is the Immanuel. Actually Immanuel our redemption. What is your ultimate goal in your life? to glorify od and to enjoy God is the purpose of our redemption as well as the means of the redemption. The ultimate goal of our ministry shall be Immanuel that means to be with God, the union state with the Lord.

  3. To eat the milk and the honey is important to us, but more important to enjoy Immanuel, the reality of Canaan by the obeying the Word of God and praising the Lord in our Christian life.

  4. It is very easy to tends to accomplish some things in the ambidia ministry rapidly. But we have to concentrate on sustain the state of Immanuel in our ministry in order to build the will of God.

  1. It is to have the assurance of the mission.

  1. The last reality of Canaan conquering is the assurance of mission. Basically Canaan was the destruction land by the serious sins of 7 tribes, idotary and adultery. Then God drove them out the outside, bestowed them to his own people as the blessing land that points the sanctuary to fellowship between God and is people, that is the main climax state of covenant. In the new testament it is the state in Christ. What is the real Canaan? It is the state in Christ. And also what is the reality of Canaan? It is to obey the great command of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

  2. Mt28:18-19 says “ “ and also ITim2:2 says” “

From two passages we can summarized two kinds, evangelism and education t make disciple in the all nations. This is the purpose of church in the world. When the church concentrate on this one hzhe can enjoy the reality of Canaan in the chistian life. In Cambiodia we can enjoy the reality of Canaan,although we meet much suffering in our lives.

Do you enjoy conquring Canaan in your life? How do you enjoy the real canaan in your life? When we live in the Cambodia Pesonally I enjoy the natural stuation in Cambodia in my trip I love that But I love the rea Cannaan in Christ. If I do not know this things my life shall be empty.

Do not you think so?


In history Israel did not enjoy the reality of Canaan in their tomes. They did not understand the reality of Canaan until Christ came on the earth. Today we stay in the same case. O we should concentrate on the reality of Canaan in our school life. What are they? The reality of Canaan are remission, Immanuel and mission.

Let us enjoy the abundant grace in our lives.