February 28, 2007
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- Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
- And the LORD said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.
- So the LORD our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.
- And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
- All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many.
- And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city.
- But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey to ourselves.
- And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites the land that was on this side Jordan, from the river of Arnon unto mount Hermon;
- (Which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and the Amorites call it Shenir;)
- All the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salchah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
- For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
- And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites.
- And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants.
- Jair the son of Manasseh took all the country of Argob unto the coasts of Geshuri and Maachathi; and called them after his own name, Bashanhavothjair, unto this day.
- And I gave Gilead unto Machir.
- And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon;
- The plain also, and Jordan, and the coast thereof, from Chinnereth even unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, under Ashdothpisgah eastward.
- And I commanded you at that time, saying, The LORD your God hath given you this land to possess it: ye shall pass over armed before your brethren the children of Israel, all that are meet for the war.
- But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle, (for I know that ye have much cattle,) shall abide in your cities which I have given you;
- Until the LORD have given rest unto your brethren, as well as unto you, and until they also possess the land which the LORD your God hath given them beyond Jordan: and then shall ye return every man unto his possession, which I have given you.
- And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, Thine eyes have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto these two kings: so shall the LORD do unto all the kingdoms whither thou passest.
- Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.
- And I besought the LORD at that time, saying,
- O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?
- I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon.
- But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me: and the LORD said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter.
- Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold it with thine eyes: for thou shalt not go over this Jordan.
- But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.
- So we abode in the valley over against Bethpeor.
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- Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.
- Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
- Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
- But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.
- Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
- Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
- For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
- And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
- Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;
- Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
- And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
- And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.
- And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
- And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.
- Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:
- Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
- The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
- The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
- And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
- But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.
- Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance:
- But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.
- Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.
- For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
- When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:
- I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
- And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
- And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
- But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
- When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
- (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
- For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
- Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
- Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
- Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
- Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.
- And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
- To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.
- Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
- Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.
- Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
- That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:
- Namely, Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, of the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites.
- And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:
- These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt,
- On this side Jordan, in the valley over against Bethpeor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote, after they were come forth out of Egypt:
- And they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
- From Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which is Hermon,
- And all the plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the plain, under the springs of Pisgah.
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Deuteronomy 4:9 provides good instructions as to what we as Christians should be doing. The verse reads,
"Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons..."
There are four separate principles that are taught here. First of all, the believer needs to pay attention to what he is doing. The phrase "take heed" literally means "to hedge about", and carries with it the idea of circumspection and preservation. I need to be constantly evaluating my relationship with the Lord and the effectiveness of my service unto Him. Far too many Christians spend their time worrying about what some brother in Christ is doing, or perhaps complaining about the spiritual state of the unsaved world. We would be better suited to examine our own lives and motivations, determine whether or not they are acceptable to God, and then preserve that which is good and remove that which is evil. It is only after we have placed ourselves in a proper relationship with God that we can begin to critique others (Matthew 7:5).
The second principle taught in this passage is that we are to keep our souls diligently. Note that the emphasis here is not on the external behavior of a man, but rather on his internal character. For many Christians the limit of their spirituality is their conformity to a set of laws. They dress right, talk right, and behave right, but their hearts are far from the Lord.
Isaiah 29:13 puts it this way:
"Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me..."
If a man's heart is pure, his life and lips will follow. If a man's soul is impure, no amount of good works can atone for it.
The third principle found here is that we need to remember what we have seen and been taught. Moses warned that the Israelites might forget what they had seen, which would result in a departure from truth. What had the Jews seen? They had seen the miracles of God, as well as the judgements of God upon sin. If any one knew first hand the reality of the Lord, it would have been the children of Israel. However, they often seemed to forget what they had seen. God continually reminded them that it was He Who had brought them out of Egypt. He reminded them that they had seen the miracles of provision while they wandered in the wilderness. In addition, they had seen first hand the giving of the Law to Moses, and they had heard the Law from his lips. In our lives, we have had the opportunity to both read and hear the Scriptures, and we have seen the power and provision of God in our lives. We need to be careful that we not forget this, or we may find ourselves departing from the faith.
Last, Moses gives the principle that parents are to teach their children and grandchildren about the Lord. Our kids may not have seen for themselves the miracles of God. We must tell them. They may not yet understand the truths of the Bible. We must enlighten them. They might not understand what it truly means to walk in the Spirit. We must show them. The church and its ministries certainly can and should be a help in this matter. But the ultimate responsibility falls to Mom and Dad.
Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery