Archive for November 17th, 2014

Deuteronomy 3

Deuteronomy 3 has Moses preparing the people to enter the Promised Land.  As they approach, they have to deal with Og, king of Bashan, and Sihon, the king of Heshbon.  They both try to resist the movement of God’s people but God tells Moses “Do not fear him, for I have given him and all his people and his land into your hand”.  God has His people on the march, and these two kingdoms were standing between His people and their new homeland.  “We took the land at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites”.

Moses and the people continue their march.  Remember that two and a half tribes were going to settle in this land they had just conquered, but they had agreed in order to receive it, they had to help the rest take the Promised Land.  “The Lord your God has given you this land to possess. All your men of valor shall cross over armed before your brothers, the people of Israel”.  So they left behind their wives, children and livestock and were ready to head over to do battle across the Jordan.

Moses prepares Joshua for his role in leading the people.  “I commanded Joshua at that time, Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings. So will the Lord do to all the kingdoms into which you are crossing. You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you”.  The torch is being passed.  God is preparing Joshua to take the reins and to lead the people as he has faithfully done for all these years.  His focus is on God and God’s power.  It isn’t’ about Joshua and what he might do.

But Moses is still trying to convince God to allow him to cross into the land too.  “Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon”.  God was clear earlier that Moses wouldn’t make the trip, but Moses is still trying to pull it off.  “And the Lord said to me, ‘Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again. Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan”.  End of discussion.  God said no again and Moses will only get to look from a distance.  He is not going to be able to enter the land and see it up close.  A stiff price for his disobedience many years earlier.  Obedience matters.  God does require it of us.

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