What to do when you get a clue? Next we do a little research on the meaning of names. Here's what we come up with.
Othniel [Oth'ni-el] means lion of God and Achsah [Ach'sah] means ankle-chain, anklet. Smith's Bible Dictionary
From this we should be able to figure out that Othniel is a type of Jesus, and Achsah is the Bride of Christ. Then this makes Caleb a type of Abba, the Father God.
When Caleb gives his daughter Achsah to Othniel as a bride, he naturally acquires a son in law. This brings to mind Psalm 2 where the Father says to the son, this day you are now my son. Then as Achsah moved him to ask of her father a field, we Psalm 2 mentions the Father telling the Son to ask him for an inheritance, nothing less than the world. And as we know, the field is the world.
71 will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Right after this, Achsah is saying to Caleb thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water.
So that suddenly the field given to Othniel now belongs to Achsah. What does this mean?
I believe it reflects the idea that after Jesus rose from the dead he gave the church what we call the great commission. In other words, after defeating the enemy, Satan, He gains power and authority over the earth. And he turns right around and conveys this power and authority to the church. Here are some verses that support this view.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Achsah then acting as a type of the church in the book of Joshua, prefigures the church interceding for revival to come so she will be empowered to bring in the promised harvest. As we quoted above: Zechariah 10:1 Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain
This is the inheritance of the church, and parallels the reference to an inheritance mentioned in Joshua 15:20 above. As Matthew 5 says:
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
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