Well, this sounds like a great plan to Caleb's brother’s son, Othniel, who seizing the moment takes the city. As his reward Caleb gives him his daughter in marriage. Caleb also gave them land in the Negev. But here is where the story gets really interesting. Although they had land these two wanted more. Aksah urged Othniel to ask her father for a field with springs.
This was a bold thing to do and I suspect that Othniel was a little intimidated to ask himself. He did not grow up in Caleb's house so he wouldn't know the man like Aksah did. So one day Aksah meets her father and she dismounts her donkey. Now this may seem like a trivial detail to place in the encounter but it is very significant. References to donkeys often marked turning points, a change in focus or that a decision needed to be made. Aksah’s dismount would also indicate a humbling of one’s self before her father. It's like getting off your "high horse".
Caleb immediately asked her "what can I do for you?" for he knew something was up. Aksah’s approach makes me think of our own daughters. When they would have a question that they thought might need a little persuasion they would start with "I love you dad! Can I use the car tonight?" Aksah is basically saying, ‘Dad, I know you have been generous with us but would you do us another special favour just for me and give us the land with the springs on it too?’
Now, Caleb had 3 sons and the bible does not say what they thought about their sister getting more land but Caleb did not hesitate to grant her that request. In fact he gave her the upper and lower springs. She got a double portion! This Promised Land was in the Negev. The Negev is a semi desert and in some parts a complete desert. With water the land will flourish and blossom and be productive. Without it the land would remain arid and barren.
Luke 11: 1-13 Jesus is teaching his disciples to pray and he begins with ‘Our Father, hallowed be your name’. Humility is always a good way to pray. I remember a song that went, ‘You are God and I am not!’ Brilliant! Place Him in His rightful place. I can't do anything, but God, I know you can do all things. Then Luke goes on to say that if for no other reason, you ask and keep on asking, then out of sheer audacity you will get an answer. Audacity is extraordinary boldness, courage and confidence. We need to have this kind of confidence in our Father, knowing that he cares for us. If we ask, he hears. Then it concludes this section on prayer by saying, ‘If we being evil knows how to give good gifts to our children, then how much more does our Heavenly Father’.
The problem really arises when we don't truly know and understand the heart of our Heavenly Father. We think we shouldn't ask. Othniel was afraid to ask but Aksah had the boldness to ask her father and was blessed. We are children of the Most High God. He loves us and cares about all our needs. That's His heart for us. So ask your Father for what is on your heart and be blessed.
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