Defeating the Giants
After a great deal of traveling about, the Hebrews come to land occupied by the Amorites. This was land the Amorites had taken from the Moabites in battle. In fact, these Kings of the Amorites were conquering kings.
Unlike the King of Moab who rallied his troops in a defensive position to protect their land from their fear of trespassing Jews, Sihon brought out his army to attack – to vainly oppose both the people of God and God Himself.
Like all who take this position – he was defeated.
Next the Israelites turned toward Bashan. Now, it is important to note, that there was no way around. For God to bring them across the Jordan river into the Promised Land, they would have to travel this country. And, like Sihon, Og king of Bashan marched out to meet them.
A little background on Og. The name Og means giant. Deuteronomy 3:11 says, “Og king of Bashan was the last of the Rephaites. His bed was decorated with iron and was more than nine cubits long and four cubits wide. It is still in Rabbah of the Ammonites”. That would place his height somewhere between 9 and 12 feet tall. The Jews were now facing an army led by the giants they feared so much that it had kept them out of the promised land.
Moses turns to God and God tells him to not be afraid because, “I have delivered him into your hands.” Notice that He does not say I might deliver him, or even I will deliver him, but that I have delivered it – past tense – done deal. Og lost the battle before it had ever begun because the faithful Hebrews turned first to God and not to fear.
As a result, for the first time since leaving Egypt, the Jews took possession of land. They were no longer grasshoppers – they were giant slayers.
What giants are still in your life? What do you still fear? Are you running away from fears or running to God?
The Edomites were in land given to them. The Amorites were in land they took from others. Both denied them passage, both came out to meet them, but in the second case they were not restrained by God and instead they had God’s strength upon them
Built them as a fighting unit, battle experience, success, confidence, training of military leaders, and it gave them a place to rest and dwell instead of constantly moving about in the wilderness
Helping share the gospel at work and at home. Helping support families in raising Godly children. Working with kids to share God’s love for them.
Both were bullies, conquerers. They lived by the sword – they had no issue fighting this rag-tag group of nomads who retreated from Edom. They had full confidence in their armies and cities.
There are still bullies, those in a position of strength who use it to bully and subdue and conquer others, burning churches, persecuting children
Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands (past tense), along with his whole army and his land.
on my knees, relying on His strength.