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Friday, January 27, 2012

Who's the Guy whose Wife asked for Springs?

"Then Caleb said, "Whoever attacks Kirjath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give my daughter
Achsah as wife." And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it; so he gave him his daughter Achsah as wife. Now it happened, when she came to him, that she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, "What do you wish?" So she said to him, "Give me a blessing; since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water." And Caleb gave her the upper springs and lower springs." Judges 1:12-15

Alright, so that's very interesting. The same story is recorded almost word for word in Joshua 15:16-19. I've read this story many times and always wondered why it was included. So I did some background research on this guy Othniel and guess what? He was the first judge of Israel. I know, I know - I should have caught that before. But there are a lot of funny names and I never made the connection. Anyhow, in Judges 3:7-11 we learn that Israel forgot God, got taken over, God raises up Othniel who judges Israel, goes to war, prevails, there's rest in Israel for 40 years, them he dies. So I guess the guy whose wife asked for springs played a rather big roll after all.     
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