When Og fought Israel 

Old Testament: Num 21.31–35

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 21–23 on February 28, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

As Israel journeyed from Egypt to the Land of Canaan, they encountered nations who considered Israel as an enemy. King Og of Bashan saw Israel as an enemy to defeat, but it did not go well for him and his people when he did so: 

Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites. Then Moses sent to spy out Jazer; and they took its villages and drove out the Amorites who were there. And they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. So Og king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand, with all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.” So they defeated him, his sons, and all his people, until there was no survivor left him; and they took possession of his land.

– Numbers 21.31–35 

Every person or nation that opposed Israel in the Land of Canaan, eventually came to an end, even if the Lord had sent an enemy nation against Israel; that attacking army later met its end. 

Likewise, every person or nation that opposes Israel of the spirit, which is the church, the kingdom of God, shall have an end. Just look at history and learn that it is not wise to oppose the church, not because the church will extinguish the enemy, but the Lord of the church will. 

Questions: 

  • Why did the Lord tell Moses not to fear Og? 
  • Have you acted as a friend or a foe of the church? 

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