Achsah And Her Inheritance
Jeremiah 3:18 (AMP)
“In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.”
Reading chapter 1 of the book of Judges, one could overlook an important message that the Lord has added in four verses.
Judges 1:12-15 (AMP)
12And Caleb said, Whoever attacks Kiriath-sepher and takes it, to him will I give Achsah, my daughter, as wife. 13And Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it; and he gave him Achsah, his daughter, as wife. 14And when she came to [Othniel], she got his consent to ask her father for a [sloping] field. And she alighted off her donkey, and Caleb said to her, What do you want? 15And she said to him, Give me a present; since you have set me in the land of the South (the Negeb), give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.
Caleb was ready to give his daughter as a gift to whomever could lead in the attack against Kiriath-sepher. Sure enough, his younger brother’s son, Kenaz, accepted the challenge and took the city.
Women these days cannot relate to the women of the old because our mindsets have changed drastically. As we read the above passages, we might say, “I couldn’t live in those days because I would have been stoned by now!” We are very blessed to live in a society where women have come a long way with their rights. We still struggle in the corporate arena with the “boys club” and in various other areas. But we are still considered fortunate compared to other countries.
Achsah wasn’t any ordinary woman. She was obedient and knew her place but she was a type of woman that knew her inheritance, and was going to ask for it. Before she asked, she approached her husband, got his consent, and now she was free to ask for what was hers.
When we are asked, “What do you want?” Do we get shy about it and ask for the least or do we take what belongs to us? The Lord tells us in Luke 11:9 (AMP), “So I say to you, Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you.”
Achsah came boldly to Caleb, got off her donkey, and asked him for more. Negeb was known not to be well supplied with water, but it afforded abundant pasture for cattle. Achsah knew this and felt that her inheritance should include more than what Caleb initially gave her. All she did was ask and he gave her not one but two springs!
This is how we need to come to the Lord. Don’t be shy in asking because we are His children and He loves to supply us with His gifts that He has given to us on Earth. Yes, He knows what we need. But He wants to make sure that we know what we need. If we open our mouths and confess those things, then He will supply it according to His Will.
Our inheritance is waiting for us but are we asking and proclaiming it?
If we’re sick, we can be healed
If we’re broken, we can be fixed
If we’re hungry, we can be fed
If we’re thirsty, we can be quenched
If we’re empty, we can be filled
We cannot be like the tribes in Judges 1:21-36. These tribes didn’t claim what the Lord promised them. They decided not to drive out the natives of the land and they dwelt among them; hence, causing God to be angry with them. When the Lord gives us a gift, we have to embrace it with all of our heart and be thankful for what He gives us.
Jesus is our Redeemer. All we have to do is redeem what He died for. We just need to reach out, proclaim, and walk in the promise!