Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 8, 2014

“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior.” “And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 21:10-35.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+21&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“21 Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, saying, 22 “Let me pass through your land.  We will not turn off into field or vineyard;  we will not drink water from wells.  We will go by the king’s highway until we have passed through your border.”  23 But Sihon would not permit Israel to pass through his border.  So Sihon gathered all his people and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and came to Jahaz and fought against Israel.  24 Then Israel struck him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the sons of Ammon;  for the border of the sons of Ammon was Jazer.  25 Israel took all these cities and Israel lived in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all her villages.  26 For Heshbon was the city of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon.”  …

“31 Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites.  32 Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they captured its villages and dispossessed the Amorites who were there.

33 Then they turned and went up by the way of Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan went out with all his people, for battle at Edrei.  34 But the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people and his land;  and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.”  35 So they killed him and his sons and all his people, until there was no remnant left him;  and they possessed his land.”  Numbers Chapter 21:  Verses 21-26 and 31-35.

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The LORD gave two victories to Israel in today’s Scripture.

Israel’s path was blocked by Sihon, king of the Amorites, who “gathered all his people and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and came to Jahaz and fought against Israel”.  Verses 21-23.  Israel struck Sihon with the edge of the sword and defeated and dispossessed the Amorites.

Then, Israel “turned and went up by the way of Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan went out with all his people, for battle at Edrei”.  Verse 33.  “But the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people and his land;  and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.”  So they killed him and his sons and all his people, until there was no remnant left him;  and they possessed his land.”  Verses 34-35.

“7 God has spoken in His holiness:
“I will exult, I will portion out Shechem
And measure out the valley of Succoth.
8 “Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine;
Ephraim also is the helmet of My head;
Judah is My scepter.
9 “Moab is My washbowl;
Over Edom I shall throw My shoe;
Over Philistia I will shout aloud.”

10 Who will bring me into the besieged city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us?
And will You not go forth with our armies, O God?
12 Oh give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is in vain.
13 Through God we will do valiantly,
And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.”  Psalm 108:7-13.

10 He smote many nations
And slew mighty kings,
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
And Og, king of Bashan,
And all the kingdoms of Canaan;
12 And He gave their land as a heritage,
A heritage to Israel His people.
13 Your name, O Lord, is everlasting,
Your remembrance, O Lord, throughout all generations.”  Psalm 135:10-13.

“14 Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away His judgments against you,
He has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
You will fear disaster no more.
16 In that day it will be said to Jerusalem:
“Do not be afraid, O Zion;
Do not let your hands fall limp.
17 “The Lord your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”  Zephaniah 3:14-17.

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;  but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Corinthians 15:56-57.

“When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us;  and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.”  Colossians 2:13-15.

 

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