Joshua 15
Judah’s Inheritance
Establishing Boundaries: The Allotment of the Tribe of Judah

Caleb's courage and Acsah's aspirational request both echo the theme of seeking more from life and not settling for less. Their stories remind us that with faith, boldness, and the right intentions, we can claim our 'promised land.' However, the Tribe of Judah's inability to fully conquer their territory signals that the journey towards complete victory remains ongoing.

Boundaries of Judah (verses 1-12)

The detailed borders of the Tribe of Judah are defined, extending from the southern wilderness of Zin to the borders of Edom.

Caleb's Victories and Reward (verses 13-19)

Caleb, in line with God's command through Joshua, receives a portion of land in Hebron. He successfully expels the three sons of Anak from the land. His daughter, Acsah, gets married to Othniel, who captures Kiriath-sepher.

Acsah's Request (verses 20)

Acsah urges Othniel to ask Caleb for a field, and she herself requests Caleb for springs of water to irrigate her land in the Negev, to which Caleb obliges.

Cities of Judah (verses 21-63)

An exhaustive list of cities within Judah's borders is provided, subdivided into various geographical sectors: the Negev, the lowlands, the western borders, and the hill country.

Unconquered Land (verses 64)

Despite their territorial gains, the Tribe of Judah fails to drive out the Jebusites from Jerusalem, who continue to live among them.

The chapter outlines the division of the land allotted to the Tribe of Judah. It particularly emphasizes the courageous exploits of Caleb and the determination of his daughter, Acsah. Despite an extensive list of territorial gains, it ends with the Tribe of Judah's inability to conquer the Jebusites in Jerusalem.

1. Division of Inherited Land
2. Obedience to God's Commands
3. Courage and Victory in Battles
4. Reward for Bravery
5. The Power of Aspiration
1. The demarcation of the tribal boundaries
2. The specific borders of the Tribe of Judah
3. The military exploits of Caleb
4. The matrimonial alliance of Acsah and Othniel
5. The influence of Acsah's request to her father
1. The Tribe of Judah
2. Joshua
3. Caleb son of Jephunneh
4. Othniel son of Kenaz
5. Acsah, Caleb's daughter
6. The Jebusites
7. The three sons of Anak
1. Wilderness of Zin
2. Salt Sea
3. Ascent of Akrabbim
4. Kadesh-barnea
5. Hebron
6. Jerusalem
7. Numerous other cities and locations within the tribal boundaries of Judah
Bible Study Questions

1. Why is it significant that the allotment for the clans of the tribe of Judah extended to the border of Edom?

2. In the context of this chapter, what does the detailed description of the borders and cities signify about the tribe of Judah's identity and their relationship with God?

3. What might the act of defining borders symbolize in terms of personal spiritual boundaries and how can this be applied to your life today?

4. Joshua obeyed the LORD’s command and gave Caleb a portion among the sons of Judah. How does obedience to God manifest in your life?

5. Caleb's courage and faith drove him to drive out the sons of Anak. Can you share a situation where you had to rely on faith to overcome an obstacle in your life?

6. Why did Caleb offer his daughter Acsah in marriage to the man who captures Kiriath-sepher? What does this tell us about the values of that time?

7. How might the negotiation between Caleb and his daughter Acsah reflect on their relationship and the role of women during that period?

8. How would you handle a situation similar to Acsah’s, where you had to negotiate for something you needed or desired?

9. What can we learn from Caleb’s act of blessing Acsah with springs of water along with the land?

10. What spiritual lessons can we glean from the inheritance of the land and the divisions of cities?

11. How can you compare the act of giving land inheritances to God's promises to us?

12. Why do you think the descendants of Judah could not drive out the Jebusites living in Jerusalem?

13. The Jebusites continued to live among the descendants of Judah. How can this scenario be related to persistent sin or ungodliness in a believer's life?

14. In terms of personal spiritual growth, how do you handle "Jebusites" in your life — those longstanding issues or challenges that seem resistant to change?

15. What might the numerous cities listed signify about the scale and diversity of the tribe of Judah? How can we apply this understanding to the body of Christ today?

16. The chapter describes diverse terrains - foothills, wilderness, hill country. How do these reflect the different seasons or circumstances in our spiritual journey?

17. The tribe of Judah received a diverse inheritance, from cities in the Negev to those in the hill country. How does this reflect the diversity of gifts in the body of Christ?

18. How can you actively obey God's commandments and promises as Joshua did, even if it seems challenging?

19. Caleb’s story is one of persistent faith and courage. How can his example inspire your personal faith journey?

20. The detailed account of boundaries and city names reveals meticulous care. What does this tell us about God's attention to detail in our lives and His plan for us?

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