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Deuteronomy 3

DAILY DEVOTION

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17

 

SCRIPTURE:  DEUTERONOMY 3

BY: Josh Boles

Today’s chapter is a continuation of chapter 3. You will notice that the first word in verse 1 is “then.” There is nothing special about this paragraph break, it is just to help us break it down. This is a continuation of the historical recount of Israels victories and shortcomings.

Just as we have been talking about the last couple of days, this chapter is just rehashing the past so the Israelites will be better equipped to enter the promise land. To us, these stories can be hard to read and seem rather boring. It is just detailed information on what happened in the past, but there is great purpose to these words. Let’s take a closer look at verses 5-7. Moses speaks of the fortified cities here. Basically Moses is saying here that there is no way we should have beaten them, but we did.

Remember that the context of Deuteronomy is 40 years in the wilderness because of Israels rebellion. This helps us to understand this chapter a little better. Moses is trying desperately to persuade them in these verses to cross the Jordan, not fearing their enemies, but trusting in God’s power. The rest of this chapter up to verse 18 is more details, and distribution of land.

In verse 18-22 is the conclusion of this specific speech. It is Moses final argument to get the Israelites pumped up and ready for battle. I played football for ten years in Marlow, and I cannot remember one time where a coach did not do all he could do to get our adrenaline pumping to defeat our enemy. To me, this is what Moses is doing. He lets them know here that all of them except for women, children, and livestock are to go into battle. In verse 21 Moses tells them that their victories will be ensured to any enemy they come in contact with. The “why” of this is found in verse 21. This victory is only ensured if they trust in the Lord. If God fights for you, victory is assured, there is no doubt about it. This is the model of victory that the Israelites will see under the leadership of Joshua.

Verses 23-29 is the last section of historical narrative that Moses will give in his speeches. Tomorrow we get into the Law. This si still preparation for entering into the promised land, but this one last pump up speech. Moses is coming to them here with a very emotional plea. Moses, because of Israels rebellion, is not allowed to enter the promise land. He can look at it, see how beautiful it is, but will not be allowed to enter. Moses even says, “The Lord was angry with me, because of you.” But yet Moses is still writing these words.

This says something about the Character of Moses. He was far less interested in personal gain, and was committed to the success of the nation of Israel. Even though this is true, Moses and the nation of Israel is still punished. This reminds me again of my football days. I was an offensive lineman. Anytime one of us had a false start, the whole line had to suffer. Even if it was one person, one time in the game. The next Monday, we all ran just about until we puked. I remember other times when a couple of the players did a few really stupid things. One time in particular there were some very offensive things done to the Comanche football field. The coaches knew who did it, and they had to set the game our, but we all ran.

The point here is that we are all in this together. When the church suffers, we all suffer. Like Moses, our main priority should be the kingdom of God, and for us specifically in Marlow, Oklahoma, that is our local Church. We are to stand with the Church, fight for the Church. God, through His son Jesus, has ensured us great victory over our enemy. It is time to stand together, trust in the Lord, and prevail over our enemy, and reach the lost for the sake of the Lord. Be encouraged Church, because the Lord is fighting WITH you!

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Deuteronomy 2

DAILY DEVOTION

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16

SCRIPTURE:  Deuteronomy 2

BY: Jeremy Witt

Moses continues the history of the people and is preparing the people to make the move towards the Promised Land.  In verses 2-8 Moses refers to the nation of Edom, which are the descendants of Esau.  The LORD tells Moses to be careful with their neighboring countries and not to do anything to upset them.  If we think about the story of Jacob and Esau, you will understand why they wouldn’t like the Jewish people.

Verses 8-12 refer to the giants, and the Moabites, the descendants of Lot, as they move to the Zered Brook in verse 13.  Verse 14 tells us that it had been 38 years since they sent the spies in the first time.  God was bringing the nation back to the same place as before.  Would they be obedient to God or would they do as their forefathers did.  Would they learn their lesson from history? 

That same question comes to us.  Will we learn from our ancestors or will we make the same mistakes?  This applies to us personally but also nationally and globally.  History works in cycles, and similar circumstances can be prevented if we will pay attention. 

Verses 18-23 refer to the Ammonites, again descendants of Lot and other peoples whom the Israelites were told not take advantage of.  Do you notice that the Israelites were told not to bother or take advantage of their kinsmen?  These peoples are related to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  God intended for Israel to be good neighbors.  Why is this the case?  Remember the purpose that God intended for Israel?  It was for them to be priests to the nations.  They could only do this by being good neighbors, so God instructed them to pay for any food and water they used, and not to offend them.  Also, God had promised their forefathers (Lot and Esau) a blessing.  Also that God sought to teach the Israelites to be wise and act justly even with their enemies. 

What we see in the rest of Scripture is that these people would come against Israel.  It might have something to do with how they were treated by their forefathers.  Or it might be that they were jealous of them.  Jacob didn’t exactly treat Esau the greatest.  Lot wanted the best land and left Abram with the least valuable.  Their descendents fought over water.  Families fight.  We get jealous of one another for petty things.  What we learn is that family issues can cover generations and beyond as history teaches us.  Application for us today is this:  be careful how you treat those in your family.  We can and sometimes do treat our family worse than we do our enemies.  It can affect your kids, grandkids, and so on. 

In the last section of verses, we see the Israelites defeat Sihon the Amorite king of Hesbon.  This is the first victory for the nation as they move to inhabit the Promised Land.  This name will appear throughout the Old Testament, so remember this name.  Notice that the people try peace first with Sihon, but he refuses.  God gave the nation of Israel victory, and we see that they follow the commands of God and are blessed.

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