Notes: May 3, 2008 – Deuteronomy 2 & 3

When Giants Fell …

Recalling more of the history of the last 40 years, Moses speaks of

I. Edomites (2:1-7)

Don’t meddle with them (5).

God has blessed you; God knows where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing; God has been with you; you have lacked nothing (7).

II. Moabites (2:8-18)

Don’t distress them, nor contend with them (9).

Emim and Anakim – giants. Remember Numbers 13:33!

The men of war, who wouldn’t go to war, died without war or reward (16).

III. Ammonites (2:19-23)

Don’t distress them, nor meddle with them (19).

Zamzummim – giants. Remember Deuteronomy 2:10 and Numbers 13:33!

IV. Amorites (2:24-3:11)

Sihon, king of Heshbon (2:24-37)

    The Lord has hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate (Dt 2:30).

    Not one city was too strong for them (Dt 2:36)

Og, king of Bashan (3:1-11)

    A giant himself (Dt 3:11)

V. Reubenites, Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh (3:12-20)

Fight until everyone has rest (18-20)

VI. Distant sites (3:21-29)

As God has done to Sihon and Og, so shall He do to your enemies everywhere you go (21)

God’s answer to Moses’ prayer: “Speak no more to me of this matter” (Dt 3:26)

Encourage and strengthen Joshua and the others who will survive you (28)

Meditation Points:

  • Don’t fight with everybody.
  • God’s blessing is for Him to be with us, and that we lack nothing.
  • The giants, which had seemed formidable 40 years earlier, are easily defeated by God’s grace. And this would not soon be forgotten (Joshua 2:10; 9:10; 12:2-5; 13: 10, 21, 27; Judges 11:19-21; Nehemiah 9:22; Psalm 135:11; 136:19)
  • God is able to, and does, harden the hearts/spirits of men. Remember Pharaoh, and Romans 1.
  • Remembering past victories should encourage us to expect God to fight for us in the future, too.
  • Not every prayer, even of the best of men, receives a “yes” answer.
  • Some prayers should never be repeated.
  • Older and experienced saints should encourage their younger counterparts.