Bible Passage: Joshua 15
What should one be expected to do in pursuit of a life partner? With regard to the art of wooing, movies often portray scenes with gratuitous displays of emotion and wild romance.
“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.”
George Bailey, It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946
However, Caleb was more careful when it came to finding a good husband for his daughter. As a valiant individual, he probably wanted his son-in-law to be a man of substance, and not merely a smooth-talker. Consequently, Aksah’s hand was offered to the man who conquered the land of Kirjath Sepher.
According to various Internet resources, Kiriath Sepher was known as the ‘city of scribes’ whose inhabitants were the giant Anakites. The city’s other name was Kiriath Sannah, which means “City of Instruction” (Joshua 15:49). Bible scholars believe that Kiriath Sepher was a major center of learning and culture for all of Canaan. Therefore, these people were also known as ‘giant librarians’.
Regardless of whether these Anakites were indeed scholarly, the fact still remained that these people were giants. In the end, Othniel was brave enough to take up the challenge and succeed in capturing Kirjath Sepher. This man eventually became the first of the ruling judges of the Israelites.
Othniel means ‘lion of God’. He certainly lived up to the expectations of his name, courageously defeating the giants in battle. In order to marry Aksah, he put his life at great risk.
Today, we might not have to slay Anakites in order to win a spouse. However, the giants we might face take different forms. These impediments could be our character flaws, fear, aversion to commitment, and so on. Let us rely on the strength and the good will of God to defeat these enemies. Let us also be willing to put in due effort on our part as we aspire to eventually settle down, happily married in the Lord.
Are we lion-hearted enough to trust that God will aid us in our conquest for Kirjath Sepher?