Saturday, August 30, 2014

Deuteronomy 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Deuteronomy 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Moses continues to recount the history of Israel (the people who believed in God back then). The Israelites were traveling through the desert and, as we have seen, seeking to do so peacefully. But occasionally some nations would refuse to allow them passage and they would be forced to go to war.
  • As the Israelites approach the land of Bashan, the Bashan King, Og, leads his army out to fight. Israel should have been decimated, but God tells Moses not to fear because He would give them victory, and that is exactly the result.
  • Moses then divides the land they have taken over amongst the different tribes of the Israelites.
  • This section ends with Moses reminding the people that God had forbidden him from ever entering the Promised Land (see Numbers 20:12). Moses begged God to at least let him see the land, and God grants that to Moses. Moses also told Joshua that he would become leader of the Israelites and did not need to fear their enemies, as God was going with them.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Moses and the Israelites faced seemingly insurmountable odds against Bashan, and in the future Joshua and the Israelites would face such daunting odds again, but they never had to fear because God was with them. We, too, have the same promise, and so we need not fear. As we look to God and trust in Him, He will help us secure victory.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Where seemingly impossible situation are you facing? A recurring temptation? A marriage that's crumbling? A child who's rebelling? An oppressive work environment? A sin that's gotten a hold in your life? In that situation, who are you looking to for victory -- you, or God? And are you approaching that situation with fear, or with faith?