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Deuteronomy - Chapter 3, Lesson 2

 

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Lesson 3-2

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DEUTERONOMY THREE

Israel faced a powerful foe in Bashan, yet Israel prevailed. Rather, we should say God prevailed as Israel moved in obedience to the Lord.

1. V. 18, Moses continues to recount what took place. Israel conquered this land and it was given to what tribes for a possession, Num. 32:33?

 

 

a. What were the conditions for their possession of this land, Deut. 3:18-20?

 

 

b. Did they fulfill this condition, Joshua 22:1-4? ___________________________________

 

 

 

This shows us that no matter how much the Lord has prospered or blessed an individual or family because of obedience to His Word, the battle is not over until all the "land" is taken.

There is no rest or discharge in this war for the advancement of the kingdom of God against the forces of evil, Ecc. 8:8; Matt. 6:33; 16:18. Our Joshua (Jesus) Himself, the Captain of the Lord's Host, is the only one who can discharge us. We have that discharge date established for us over in I Cor. 15:24. The temptation was for them to let those who had not obtained what they had already obtained lead into battle: "Why should we chance losing all of this. Let someone who doesn't have so much to lose lead into battle."

We see this attitude all around us today. Many who have obtained great material possessions are afraid to take part in any "fights" or "battles"—they fear losing all their material possessions. They know that the forces of hell must be moved against as they seek to oppress the forces of the kingdom of God, yet they hold back in fear of losing what they have.

Deut. 20:8. As these who have been blessed "hold back" or refuse to get involved in the war, what will they do to those who do see the need to get involved and want to? We know of people of God, as well as pastors, who see the issues; they feel there is a need to "wage war" on the side of godly principles; they will discuss and debate and maybe even have God speak to them, yet they just cannot quite seem to "cross over" into the battle to advance God's kingdom. (Mat. 6:33.)

We have heard folks say, "If this were a 'just cause' worth getting involved in then why isn't "Dr. So and So" leading us in this war?" That is a good question, and here we see an answer. Far too many times, "Dr. So and So" does not want to take a chance on losing his life because of the "land" which he already has. Or maybe he does not want to take a chance on losing the land he already has if he should find that the gates of hell do prevail against him. (The only reason the gates of hell might prevail is because of unbelief.)

Conclusion: They are fearful that the promises of God no longer apply to them. Of course, one of the things holding them back is the huge debt they have sold themselves into—that bond or bank payment dictates their decisions. It is impossible to serve two masters—the Lord God and a payment book. One or the other will dictate one's decisions, Lk. 16:13.

2. Deut. 3:18, "all that are meet for the war." There were only certain ones who could go to war. There were several exemptions. Can you name the exemptions listed in Deut. 20:5-9?

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a. Why was v. 8 given as an exemption?

 

 

b. What is another exemption, Num. 1:48, 49?

 

 

c. What was the age requirement, Num. 1:45?

 

 

Rushdoony points out that these exemptions revolve around the family. The family has priority over warfare. Accordingly, as important as defense is, the continuation of a godly society and family is more important. (Institutes, pg 287)

Deut. 3:21 is another reminder of past victories as an encouragement for future courage. V. 22, contains a restated promise found in Ex. 14:14. The Lord fought for them at the Red sea.

3. What did Moses desired of the Lord, v. 25?

 

 

a. Why couldn't Moses do what he desired to do? What did he do to cause v. 26, Num. 20: 7-13?

 

 

Moses fell in his strongest area. The meekest of men lost his temper, Num. 12:3. The area we have the most confidence in is the area of our greatest danger, I Cor. 10:12.

Notice that Num. 20 takes place during the wanderings. They refused to go into the land, Num. 13. Also, here we see that we can blame our sin on NO ONE except ourselves. Every man is responsible for himself; we cannot blame those who provoke us or tempt us; we cannot blame it on our surroundings or on our circumstances. "Environmentalism" is when people blame their problems on the environment.

CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT MAKE US WHAT WE ARE—THEY ONLY REVEAL WHAT WE ARE.

V. 27, Moses got to see the promised land, but could not enter in; rather, Joshua, the servant of Moses, had that privilege. Joshua confirms that the office of servant is the greatest of all, Jn. 13.

God help us to be faithful servants of The Most High God!


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