Do Me a Special Favor: The Love Between a Father and Daughter.

Do Me a Special Favor:

The Love Between a Father and Daughter.

By Rev. Dr. Teresa Allissa Citro

“...When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, 'What can I do for you?' She replied, 'Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.' So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs,” Judges 1:14-15.

Aksah was Caleb’s only daughter. The meaning of names were and continue to be very important. Caleb named her Aksah, which means "jewel." In his eyes, she was “Daddy’s Jewel,” a rare treasure, worth everything. Every time he called her, he was reminded that she was his jewel.

However, the custom for inheritance was different for daughters. Girls didn’t receive inheritances, but Caleb gave her an inheritance anyway. To the Jewel of his heart. She received a piece of the land because Caleb promised “to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher” he would give his daughter in marriage and a piece of the land as a dowry.

Actually, this was brilliant on his part. He was going to find a man of valor who was respectable, honorable, and trustworthy: a real man that could take care of his daughter, someone like his own character. Caleb took the biggest mountain in the promised land. He was a man who believed God for the impossible. A man of great faith. A man who knew God. A man who took care of her and her mother. He made sure the man had to work to receive his only daughter. He wasn’t just going to hand his daughter to just anyone. At the same time, he was guaranteeing her an inheritance. This is a great dad. The blessed man who won his daughter’s hand in marriage was Othniel. Caleb kept his promise by securing a great husband for his daughter and an inheritance to boot.

Aksah was her father’s daughter, equally fearless and honorable. She decided to go to her dad. Let me explain. To understand the great significance of this story, we need to understand the custom of those days. Daughters were gifted jewelry and/or money, never land. It just wasn’t done. However, she received land.

Of course, the land was received by the courageous act of her husband as I explained above. So in reality, it wasn’t a gift to her per se by how it was done. I have no proof, but I can’t help but wonder, did Caleb set it up so that the man who married his daughter would be able to take care of his treasured jewel? I believe the answer is a yes. Her husband lived up to the expectations and became a judge. He was considered a godly man. He was honorable in his own way. Aksah is my kind of woman. If I lived in that timeframe, she would be my friend. She did something that was unusual and bold. She went to her dad to ask him for mor