Deuteronomy 3 Commentary
Moses reflects on the defeat of king Og of Bashan. We are looking at key events without any specific order as the man of God takes us down memory lane. Yes these are memories but importantly Moses highlights for us the role that the LORD plays. It is for our faith.
The conquered land is given to Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh. The long awaited promise is being fulfilled.
Probably after the defeat of Sihon and Og Moses sits down Joshua for a word of encouragement. Joshua has seen a very successful military campaign and Moses uses it as a model and an example of things to come. The saint does well to reflect on the many blessings of the LORD in order to overcome coming difficulties. The best way to be ‘still’ before the LORD is to flood your mind with memories of the many victories of the LORD.
The conquest of the Amorite territory is so sweet that Moses begins to petition the LORD for mercy. He wants to experience life in the new conquered territories. Who wouldn’t want to? He had spent all his life dreaming of this moment. Even now, the plunder alone, and the many cities taken over by Israel are pointing to greater things for the rest of the Community. But the LORD won’t listen. The decision is final. Moses is to go exactly as planned.
The prayers that proved so successful for others could not bring about change in his own circumstances. Moses is forbidden from even talking about it. It can be shocking that the LORD brings healing by the saint’s prayer on others, but the same prayer fails to bring healing on the saint himself! So strange!
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