Israel’s journey to Moab
9. a. Israel encounters the Edomites and Amorites—
- Israel asked permission to travel through Edomite and Amorite territories. In both cases, they promised to stay on the road, leaving their vineyards and water untouched.
- Moses approached the king of Edom as a brother. God instructed Moses not to provoke them to war. Deuteronomy 2:1-7
- The king of Edom and King Sihon of the Amorites both refused to let Israel cross their territory.
- The king of Edom threatened to attack if they tried to enter. After Moses tried to negotiate, “the Edomites indeed came out in force, fully armed, against the Israelites.”( Numbers 20:20 The Voice ) – Rather than fight them, Israel turned and went another way per God’s instructions.
- When King Sihon refused, he came after them anyway. He engaged Israel in battle, and Israel slaughtered them all with their swords and moved into their land.
- Moses didn’t ask to pass through King Og’s territory. The Lord said, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have handed him over to you, along with all his people and his land. Do the same to him as you did to King Sihon of the Amorites.” Numbers 21:34 NLT
Interesting that God spoke in past tense if the translation is correct—”Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.” Hebrews 11:1
God already saw it done!
b. Conquering the Amorites changed everything for Israel.
They now took possession of houses they did not build, vineyards they did not plant, and possessions they did not create or buy. This was the beginning of seeing the promise fulfilled. At last!
They even sang a song. Someone said this was the first time they sang. Exodus 15:20 doesn’t specifically refer to singing, but Miriam picked up a tambourine and all the other women followed her with tambourines and danced. That was the previous generation, though.
How amazing and exciting that event must have been for Israel and for the Lord.
c. My victory this week—
With God’s help, I survived two mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging weeks. I wish I could say, “I passed with flying colors,” but I failed to do and say the right thing more than once.
Certain problem tendencies surfaced. They need to change.
Lord, give me the wisdom and power to overcome.
Prompt me to be assertive where necessary and not later respond inappropriately.
Teach me what is right from Your perspective.
Help me to discern, not judge;
Remain silent when I should;
Pause to hear Your counsel;
Speak with courage, wisdom and love.
Let the words of my mouth, be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
10. a. King Sihon and King Og probably knew about the multitude camped nearby.
News of Israel’s miraculous departure from Egypt may have reached them. Although that was many years before, the kings or their predecessors may have been on the lookout for an invasion.
b. Today, most countries have an active military and security to protect against attack.
Corporations, institutions, and individuals carefully guard, patent and copyright their products and material to prevent reuse, misuse or theft.
Political parties and politicians “sling mud”, slander, discredit, hire spies, and lie to further their own agendas.
11. a. When King Og attacked Israel, God said,
“Do not be afraid of him, for I have handed him over to you, along with all his people and his land. Do the same to him as you did to King Sihon of the Amorites.”
b. I should look to God for direction when I face adversaries, and not take matters into my own hands.
Revenge isn’t my natural tendency. I hate confrontations and avoid them to a fault. Sometimes, that’s the wrong way.
Sometimes Jesus answered, and sometimes He didn’t say a word.
Above all, I should maintain an attitude of unselfish humility, and praise God as the Apostle Paul did from prison.
But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. Philippians 2:17
Do all things without grumbling or disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world. Philippians 2:14-15
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These are MY answers, not THE answers.