Deuteronomy 2:16-23 - James Dale - Text &Audio
Journeys and Victories
(Part 2 of 4)
Recall that the book of Deuteronomy is a record of three sermons that Moses gave to the young generation of Israelites that were about to enter the Promised Land. The three sermons have the common theme “Love God – Obey God – Teach Your Children”, but the first sermonone focuses on the past, the second on the present, and the third on the future. Right nownow, we are in the middle of Moses’ first sermon about the history of the IsrealiteIsraelite nation. He retold the story of the tragedy of unbelief at Kadesh-Barnea in chapter 1 and now he is recalling the journeys and victories of the last two years in chapters 2 and 3 as they try once again to enter the Promised Land. – called “Journeys and Victories” which is covered in Cahpters 2-4. To facilitate the geopgrapgicalgeographical names and places, we are following a map with a ScriptualScriptural key.
Right nownow, the Israelites have made it to #110 on the map and we are moving to #11 and verse 16 of chapter two.
Read Deuteronomy 2:16-23.
The Brook Zered was the sounternsouthern border and the Brook Arnon was the northern border of the country of Moab. The IsreealitesIsraelites continued to pass aroundby Moab as the Lord had instructed. Remember God did not want them to meddle with or distress them in war because they were relatives of the Israelites. They continued until they reached the “coasertcoast of Moab” (V. 18) which is the Brook Arnon where the city of Ar was located (#11 on the map)..
Before they ecrossedcrossed over the Brook to enter the land of Ammon, they wrewere given the same instructions (V. 19) as they were given for Edom and Moab … since the inhavitiantsinhabitants are descendants of a relative of JaobJacob, they are not to distress them or meddle with them by engaging in war.
Notice, it is the same scenareioscenario (V. 20) … a race of arlikewarlike giants used to livelived in that land called the SamzumminZamzummim but God destroyed them aneand dgavegave the land to Ammon just like hHeis did wthwith t he Horim
(V. 22) in Mt. Seir for Esau, and with the Emim for Moab (V. 10). Moses has repeated this several many times to emphasize the truth to these young people that God is bigger than giants which is something theirere fathers ddintdid not’ believe. “If God can do this for t their distant realitvesrelatives, Hhe cdan certainly do it for you.”
AMORITE GIANTS … Edom (Horim) v. 12,22; Moab (Emim) v. 10,11; Ammon (Zamzummim) v. 20,21
In fact, Moses contineues by pointing out other wexpamples in verse 23. The Caphitorum people who came frommsot likely Crete who might have been an early Philistine grop that invaded the coast of Palestine to defeat the AVim … ancient village dwellers along the Mediateraniean coast as far down as Gaza. You
The lesson that Moses wanted these people to learn, and what God wants us to learn, is that God is bigger that giants. Are you afraid of anything in your life? What is the giant in your life?
When I was 19 I faced two huge fears in my life. I was a student at a college and had declared math as my major. I quickly found out that I was not a mathematician when I took calculus and received the worst grades I had ever had up to this point. I panicked and asked my counselor if I could switch to chemistry. That was fine until I learned that I had to take a foreign language in order to graduate with a liberal arts major in chemistry. Panicked, I ran to the counselor again and asked if there was any way around that because I was terrified of leaning another language. He informed me if I declared an education major I wouldn’t have to take German. I was willing to do anything rather than face the giants of fear, even change my entire career.
How long did it take the nation of Israel to learn the lesson of not being afraid of giants? Forty years, right? Forty-two years later I received a call from my daughter in the Dominican Republic. She was in trouble and needed help. The only way I could do that was to teach calculus in a foreign country. God has a way of helping us to face our fears. It took me longer to learn that lesson that the children of Israel.
Turn to Proverbs 29:25.
The fear of man bringeth a snare:
But whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
What is the antidote to fear? Faith!!! This is what God wants us to learn. We walk by faith.
In fact, Moses continues by pointing out other examples (V. 23). The Caphtorim people, who most likely came from Crete and were an early Philistine group that invaded the coast of Palestine to defeat the Avim … ancient village dwellers along the Mediterranean coast as far down as Gaza.
Along with the children of Israel, there are at least two lessons we can’t miss here. The first is nations do not exist because of strength. can’t miss his point here … God put sp and takes down governments and kingomes at His will. It doewsn not depend on strength. Remember the lesson that Nebuchandnezzer had to learn in Daniel 4:25?
Remember the lesson that Nebuchadnezzar had to learn in Daniel 4:25?
“Till thoug know that themostthe most High ruleth in the kingodomkingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.”
God puts up and takes down governments and kingdoms at His will.
The second lesson is that God protects his people. He cleared out the giants before Israel got there. Oh, He left some to teach them to trust in Him, but He can protect us.
When the Pilgrims came to America they were blown off course by a storm in the Atlantic and landed farther north than they had intended. Knowing winter was coming and they had to stay there, they got off the ship and looked for a way to survive. When they came ashore, they found an empty village complete with houses which they used to survive that first winter. They later learned that a fierce tribe of Indians who lived there died from a plague and all other Indians stayed away from that place because of superstition. God protected them.
Turn to I Cor 10:13.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
God removes obstacles and protects us … yes, but he leaves enough for us to face. Those that God allows in our lives are not too big although they probably feel like it. They are designed to teach us faith and help us grow. Have you come to the place where you are thankful for those giants in your life? I have sometimes, but it is usually a long time later. Along with David we should learn to say, “I know, O Lord, that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.”
We are now ready to move to #12 on the map. We will do that next Sunday.