Caleb’s Different Spirit — Numbers 14:24

Numbers 14:24

 But My servant Caleb, because he 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.


Caleb, along with Joshua, were the only two people (that came out of Egypt) that were allowed to go into the promised land.  All the rest God caused to die in the wilderness.

It is easy to know why all but two of the adults were not allowed to go in.  It was because of their sinful rebellion.  But what made Caleb and Joshua accepted?  It was said that they wholly followed the Lord (Nu. 32:12).  They were unquestionably obedient.  But Caleb it seems is singled out.  The Bible says he had a “different spirit.”  He had a spirit, maybe even better then Joshua’s.

Just think, of all the Israelites that came out of Egypt (about 3 million) Caleb, it seems, pleased God the most.  God told Moses, “My servant Caleb…he has a different spirit in him…”

Wow! I wonder if Caleb knew what was said about him.  I wonder what went through his head when he was told that he and Joshua would be the only two to go into the land.  Talk about winning a gold medal!  I can’t imagine how special he felt—how strong and hopeful that made him.

But my question is what made Caleb different?  What was that different spirit he had?  Because I would like to have what he had.  After looking at the few verses in the Bible that mentioned Caleb, I came up with three basic factors for Caleb’s different spirit.


1.   He had an eager, unhesitant, fearless obedience.  Caleb was part of a twelve man reconnaissance team that spied out the land. Ten of the men gave a bad report saying,

We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we…The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight. (Num 13:31-33) 

Only Caleb and Joshua had faith that they could take possession of the land.  Caleb said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” (Num. 13:30)

So you see, Caleb was eager and fearless, and the reason I think he was also unhesitant in obedience is because God had already told them that He was giving them the land (Nu. 13:2).  So it was a matter of obedience that they go and take it.

I don’t know exactly how Caleb acquired this spirit, but I would only suppose that he learned it by practice—that as a child he learned to be fearless and obedient.


2.  He trusted in God.  He remembered that God intended to give them the land (Nu. 13:2) and he fully believed that He would.  He, along with Joshua, said to the people of Israel,

The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.  If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey. (Num 14:7-8)


3. He had a tender heart for God.  He desired to follow God fully and he hated it when others rebelled.  He said to the people, “Do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” (Num. 14:9)


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7 Responses to Caleb’s Different Spirit — Numbers 14:24

  1. Laurel says:

    Excellent information!! Very well written .

  2. Laurel says:

    I was able to more fully understand their role and how God expects us to live our lives in obedience to Him. I only wish I had Caleb or Joshua’s self-discipline.

  3. Stephen says:

    Yes, I know what you mean. I didn’t mention it in this post but I think Caleb had meekness, which is a supreme self-control empowered by the Spirit. I say that because Jesus said the meek shall inherit the earth, and God did promise him and his descendants a part of the promised land. To be meek is to have a very special spirit–a strong quiet self control, something I suppose was unique among warriors like him. I will keep you in mind in my prayers, that God would give you a spirit like Calebs. And I too desire it.

  4. Susan says:

    I thank God for bringing me to this article. I know it is more than a year since it is posted. I feel like Laurel, I wish I had Caleb’s spirit. It is very difficult when you see there are evidences in one’s life that show there is a trail of misfortunes in the family’s history. Through it all I can see the great hand of God’s protection, healing, provision- still the presence of a nagging doubt discouraging you from believing like Caleb come by at times. If things are smooth and altogether successful you need not hope for anything. I want to believe eventhough it is a reality that there are giants, my God is able to stop them and wipe them away altogether from the face of the earth and from my life. May every human reasonings and ‘data collection’ to prove them right be superseded by God’s love and be cancelled from my life to have that meekness to accept that there is an expiry to all these misfortunes and God will bless us ‘today’ that people will see us and say, ‘surely, these are a people whom the Lord has blessed’. May God forgive me for the lack of faith and instill in me the Godly faith and help me to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

  5. Amen. May God give you the same spirit that Caleb had. And thanks for commenting about this. It was good for me to review it.

  6. perseverant mupolo says:

    May God bless you for this article. Oh lord give me the same spirit,discipline and attitude that caleb had.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I stumbled across this site while researching the prayer of Caleb as regarded as the prayer for Wales. I realised my son Alex is a Caleb-type. He made a commitment as a young boy but it never deepened and not through his own fault entirely. He saved a man from suicide once and I could see him and an army of Calebs in a revival of magnitude coming upon the earth. Forceful, humble believing prayer is needed for a generation of Joshua’s and Calebs who will break strongholds and take the land. I pray for this generation who will wear the armour of God and not afraid even when the enemy attacks.

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