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Friday, December 27 2013

What Did Moses Pray For At The Jordan River?

"I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon"

The Israelites spent forty years in the Sinai wilderness to consume the generation that refused to enter the Promised Land when they first had the opportunity to go home (see Deuteronomy 2: The Israelite Wanderland and Deuteronomy 1: Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?). While in the Sinai, the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) commanded the Israelites to respect the territorial sovereignty of the nations there (see also The Boundary Law). There was no aggression on the part of the Israelites. Nevertheless, some of the nations attacked the Israelites (e.g. "Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei"), to which the LORD brought about an Israelite victory every time ("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").

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"3:1 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. 3:2 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.

3:3 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. 3:4 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. 3:5 All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many. 3:6 And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city. 3:7 But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey to ourselves.

3:8 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; 3:9 (Which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and the Amorites call it Shenir;) 3:10 All the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salchah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 3:11 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." (Deuteronomy 3:1-11 KJV)

It was from land captured in that way that the Israelite territory east of the Jordan River came into existence (see Numbers 32: The Israel Of East Jordan). Just as the Jordan River crossing itself, the eastern Israelite territories were not in the original plan (see Deuteronomy 1: Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?).

"3:12 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. 3:13 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. 3:14 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. 3:15 And I gave Gilead unto Machir. 3:16 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; 3:17 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.

3:18 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. 3:19 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; 3:20 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." (Deuteronomy 3:12-20 KJV)

With the Israelite nation on the threshold of crossing the Jordan, Moses, who already knew that he was not going to be allowed to cross the Jordan to live out his life (see Numbers 20: Water From The Rock At Meribah), nevertheless prayed to the LORD to allow him to at least go in long enough to "see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon." The LORD denied the request (although it will be fulfilled in the future, to a far greater and more joyous degree - see the Fact Finder question below), but allowed Moses to see the Promised Land from afar.

"3:21 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. 3:22 Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.

3:23 And I besought the LORD at that time, saying, 3:24 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? 3:25 I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon.

3:26 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. 3:27 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. 3:28 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. 3:29 So we abode in the valley over against Bethpeor." (Deuteronomy 3:21-29 KJV)

Fact Finder: Although Moses did not enter the physical promised land of the ancient Israelites, what prophetic vision of the future Kingdom of God on Earth tells us that Moses will be in the ultimate Promised Land?
See The Moses And Elijah Vision


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This Day In History, December 27

537: The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey was completed. The Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later became a Muslim mosque. It is today a museum.

1512: The Spanish Crown issued the Laws of Burgos. They governed the conduct of settlers (who the native people came to view as invaders in their homelands) toward native people in the "New World."

Charles Darwin 1741: Prussian (not to be confused with Russian - Prussia is in Germany) forces took Olmutz, Czechoslovakia.

1822: Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and bacteriologist, was born. He originated the heat process known as Pasteurization, used to destroy micro-organisms in certain foods and drinks.

1825: The first public railroad using steam locomotives was completed, in England.

1831: The British survey ship HMS Beagle set sail from Plymouth, England, on its scientific voyage around the world. On board was a young naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).

1922: The Japanese Hosho was commissioned; it was the world's first purpose-built aircraft carrier (earlier carriers were converted ships e.g. the first U.S. aircraft carrier was a converted bulk coal carrier).

1927: Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, marking a victory for Joseph Stalin.

1929: Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin orders the "liquidation of the kulaks as a class." The kulaks were peasants who owned property that they worked for, but were regarded as a threat to socialism.

1945: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was established.

1949: Indonesia became independent from the Netherlands by decree from by Queen Juliana.

1966: The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, was discovered in Aquismon, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

1972: Lester Pearson died at age 75. The 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-1968) was awarded the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize (back in the days when the recipient had to actually do something for peace) for his efforts to resolve the Israeli Suez Crisis of 1956.

1972: Belgium became the first NATO country to establish diplomatic relations with East Germany.

1978: King Juan Carlos ratified Spain's first democratic constitution.

1979: Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan. Hafizullah Amin, President of Afghanistan, was executed. The U.S. condemned the Soviet invasion until it did so itself a few years later.

1995: Israeli troops withdrew from Ramallah, completing the handover of 6 "West Bank" towns to the "Palestinians" ("Palestine" is merely a variant English-language rendering of "Philistine").

1996: Rwanda's first genocide trial opened with the accused facing charges for their part in the slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis in 1994.

2007: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.

2008: Israel began a 3-week military operation on Gaza - "Operation Cast Lead."





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