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Monday, March 25 2019

A Bible Journey, 156: Let Me Go Over And See The Good Land

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

The many years that Moses spent in the Sinai region of Arabia (see Paul's Geography Lesson), were, overall, not happy for the palace-raised Moses (see A Bible Journey, 52: Moses - From The River To The Desert).

Moses first entered the Sinai as a refugee, even an outlaw as regarded by the Pharaoh (see also Was The Exodus Pharaoh A Firstborn?), because of his killing of an Egyptian.

While Moses did thereafter find happiness with the Midianites who took him in (see A Bible Journey, 68: What Did Jethro Tell Moses To Do?), and his marriage to the Midianite woman Zipporah who gave birth to Moses' two sons (see Why Weren't The Descendants Of Moses In The Lost Ten Tribes?), his quiet family life came to an end when the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) drafted him to go back to Egypt for the Exodus (see A Bible Journey, 53: The LORD's Flaming Bush). He then endured forty years of rebellion by the Israelites who chose not to journey to the Promised land (see A Bible Journey, 155: Their Journey Back To Egypt Today).

For Moses, the Promised Land was a "good" land that would have given him the peace from the burdens that he had carried for so long. The tragedy however is that Moses made a grievous error in the Sinai (see A Bible Journey, 137: What Did Moses and Aaron Lose At Meribah?) that prevented him from getting to "the good land" in this life (see the Fact Finder question below).

Satellite View Of Israel

Among the many troubles that Moses experienced in the Sinai were needless wars started against the Israelites..

"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 A Bible Journey, 149: The Eastside Israelites). Just as the Jordan River crossing itself, the eastern Israelite territories were not in the original plan (see A Bible Journey, 154: How The Rebellion Changed History).

"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)

The Dead Sea

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, 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

This Day In History, March 25

421: The traditional date of the founding of the city of Venice, Italy (see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).

752: Pope Stephen II died only 2 days after his election (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).

1199: England's King Richard I ("Richard the Lionheart") was wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France. He died from complications of the wound (infection) on April 6. Richard had been active in the "Crusades" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs).


1306: Robert de Bruce was crowned Robert I the Bruce of Scotland at Scone. He led the forces that freed Scotland from English rule in 1328.


1409: The Council of Pisa, formed to try to end the schism in the Catholic church between popes Gregory and Benedict, began meetings at Pisa (see The Struggle For The Papacy).

1584: Sir Walter Raleigh was granted a patent by Queen Elizabeth I to establish an English colony in "Virginia" (the name is a reference to Queen Elizabeth I who was known as the "Virgin Queen").

Queen Elizabeth I

1634: The Roman Catholic church gained a foothold in the continent of North America when the ships Dove and Ark arrived with 128 Catholic colonists in what would later become "Mary Land." They had been selected by Cecilus Calvert, second Lord Baltimore.

1655: Dutch scientist Christian Huygens discovered the planet Saturn's largest moon.


1669: 20,000 were killed by the eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily.

1799: During the French Revolutionary Wars, 40,000 French troops under Jourdan battled 60,000 Austrians under Archduke Charles at the Battle of Stokach.

1807: The British Parliament abolished the slave trade in the British Empire.

1895: Italian troops invaded Abyssinia (Ethiopia).

1911: 146 immigrant women, mostly Jewish and Italian, died when New York's worst industrial fire swept through a factory owned by the Triangle Shirtwaist Company.

1924: King George of Greece was deposed and a republic proclaimed.

1941: Yugoslavia joined the Tripartite Pact, a military alliance directed against the U.S. and Britain.

1955: East Germany was granted full sovereignty by its occupying power, the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had occupied that section of Germany as a counterattack of Germany's massive invasion of the Soviet Union at the beginning of the Second World War (1939-1945). Millions of people in the Soviet Union died from the German invasion (see Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

Invasion of Russia

1957: The Treaty of Rome was signed, providing for the establishment of the European Common Market (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1958: The first flight of the Canadian CF-105, the Avro Arrow, at Malton, Ontario. Built in Toronto by Avro Canada, the delta-winged interceptor Arrow was one of the fastest, most advanced fighters in human history (Mach 2 at altitude of 50,000 feet). Fighter aircraft designed and built over 50 years later (including the McDonnell-Douglas F-15 and F-18, both of which are slower and have a lower maximum operational height than the Arrow) are still inferior to the Arrow in some performance characteristics. When the Arrow was canceled, many of the Canadian Arrow engineers found work at NASA where elements of Arrow design and technology were used in the U.S. Space Shuttle.


1961: The Soviet Sputnik 10 carried a dog into Earth orbit, later recovered. Dozens of dogs were launched into space prior to manned space flight. Most survived, although one in particular, Laika, was deliberately allowed to die to test the effects of a used up oxygen supply.


1970: The Anglo-French (i.e. Britain-France) Concorde made its first supersonic flight. Russia's TU-144 supersonic airliner made its first flight months before the Concorde (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).

1975: King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was assassinated by his nephew Prince Faisal (see also Paul's Geography Lesson and What Does The Bible Say About Arabs?).

1994: Neo-Nazis fire bombed a synagogue in Luebeck, believed to be the first such incident in Germany since the end of the Second World War.




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