It’s fascinating to me what details we include in peoples’ obituaries to summarize their lives. Most often we include a list of their relatives, but then we talk about what character traits they were known for or what accomplishments they achieved. Fifty, seventy, or ninety years of living are reduced to three to five paragraphs.
Joshua 15:16-19 records an interesting little glimpse into one obscure name—a tiny slice of one man’s life.
The characters in this story:
Caleb, the godly spy
Caleb’s daughter Aksah
Caleb’s nephew Othniel
The Plot: Caleb promises his daughter Aksah to the man who conquers the city of Kiriath-Sepher.
Okay, so we have an 85-year-old man who’s still strong and able to conquer new territory, who decides to use his daughter as a prize. It’s hard to imagine in our culture today, but arranged marriages were the norm at that time. But using her as a prize? I suppose Caleb wanted to find a brave go-getter for her, a conquering hero, and Aksah willingly goes along with the scheme.
So who wins the prize? Caleb’s nephew Othniel. We know nothing more about him except that he is forever remembered as being the man brave enough to fight for the hand of a nobleman’s daughter.
If someone chose to record for all eternity just one event in my life, for what would I be remembered? What one story will be told at my funeral?