About Jesus Steve Sweetman
note in verse 2 that God told Moses not to be afraid of Og, for He had
handed him over to Israel. Here we see God
intervening in the affairs of secular, or pagan, nations on the behalf
of Israel. How God handed Og over to
strongly believe that God is not sitting back.
He is involved in the national affairs of nations.
He might well have been involved in 911.
Personally, I think He was. Christians
aren't Deists. A Deist is
someone who believes in God but believes that He created all things and
then sat back and let all things evolve and progress without any
involvement by Him.
4 tells us that Israel
took 60 cities from Og. This
was no small battle. God had
made a promise to Abraham to protect Israel
and give them a certain piece of land, and He would help
in verse 6 that Israel
killed men, women and children. They
saved the livestock for themselves.
They were ruthless. People
struggle with such violence, especially because the Bible claims that
God was a part of this violence, but this is part of the nature of God.
We just need to accept it. Jesus
Himself is portrayed as a mighty man of war in the first chapter of the
book of Revelation. Again,
this sounds so foreign in our secular and tolerant world today.
When I speak like this, I'm sure people think of religious
extremists, and possibly even terrorists, of which I'm not.
will not comment on this section. I
will only say one thing. We
need to remember that Moses, while speaking these words was on the east
side of the
verse 22 Moses says that "the Lord your God Himself will
verse 24 Moses says, "what god is there in heaven".
He is comparing other gods to the greatness of His God.
I don't think that Moses is suggesting that he believes there are
other gods in heaven. I
think he understands that there is only one God, and that is Yahweh.
What he is recognizing is that other people believe there are
other gods in the heavens, but His God is the greatest, and really, the
only true God.
the second time in the book of Deuteronomy, we read in verse 26, that
Moses blamed Israel
for God being upset with him and thus not allowing him to enter the
promised land. God told
Moses a few years earlier to speak to a rock so it would produce water
for thirsty Israel. They had been complaining
because there was no water to drink.
Moses was upset with
is my thinking, that I don't think it was ever God's will for Moses to
enter the land
In verse 27 God told Moses to go up on a hill and look towards all parts of the land He had promised Israel. He wanted Moses to take a good look at a place where he would never have the chance to live in. I can't imagine how Moses must have felt. After all these years, being the leader of Israel, he doesn't participate in the prize. That being said, I don't believe God was finished with Moses. He was a man of God. We see Moses again in the New Testament, when Jesus spoke with him and Elijah on the mount called "Transfiguration". We aren't sure what the three spoke about. Many people have guessed, but I strongly believe because of the appearance of both Moses and Elijah, that they have more ministry to perform, somehow. Many people think that these two men are the two prophets spoken of in the book of Revelation, and it would not surprise me if that was right.