Archive for November 16th, 2014

Deuteronomy 2

Deuteronomy 2 has Moses reviewing more of their historical journey, and instructing the people of what is to come.  Victory will be theirs if they follow God’s instruction.  “For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness”.  While the route has been less than direct, it has been God’s route.  And they have been blessed as they spent that time in the wilderness.  God never forgot them, and they continued to multiply even during the difficulty of their time wandering.

The truth is that thed didn’t really suffer at all, even though they certainly had their moments of whining and complaining. “These forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing”.  God has not only met their needs, He has blessed them indeed.  God does give some direct instruction on the land that Esau had been given in Seir, and the land that Lot had been given in Ar.  These lands were off limits when it came to their travel and journey.  They were not to mess with the people or their things, only to pay for the food and water they needed.

But now the time has come to move forward toward the Promised Land.  After forty plus years, it’s time to pack up and go.  “Today you are to cross the border of Moab at Ar”.  They weren’t to mess with Lot’s decendents or their land or property, only pass through and cross the Jordan.The temptation was likely pretty strong as they passed through these lands.  But Moses had been clear – hands off.  But the journey wasn’t going to be completely smooth sailing.  There was some resistance ahead.

Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon said no when Moses asked permission to pass through.  Of course the word had spread about God’s help in keeping His people safe in battle, and the Amorites were fearful and decided to fight.  Moses asked nicely: “Let me pass through your land. I will go only by the road; I will turn aside neither to the right nor to the left” but Sihon said no.  Bad decision, because the battle was not with the Israelites but God Himself.  So Sihon was methodically defeated and all the people were killed.  Only the livestock was spared and taken as spoil.  Nothing was too hard for the Israelites as God directed and prepared their path.

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