Dave Burnette's Commentary

Deuteronomy Chapter 3

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses 
Date Penned: (1407 BC)
Overview: To Remind and Rededicate Israel to the Lord (c 1-34)
Theme: A Reminder of What God Has Done (c 1-4)
Message: Dividing the Land (v 1-29)

Deuteronomy 3 Commentary

(3:1-3) Israel Defeats a Superior Army - The Israelites faced a big problem- the well-trained army of Og, king of Bashan. The Israelites hardly stood a chance. But they won because God was fighting for them. God can give his people victory regardless of the problems they face. No matter how insurmountable the obstacles may seem, remember that God is sovereign and always keeps his promises.

(3:21-22) Joshua Trust the Lord - What encouraging news for Joshua, who was to lead his men against the persistent forces of evil in the Promised Land! Since God promised to help him win every battle, he had nothing to fear. Our battles may not be against godless armies, but they are just as real as Joshua's. Whether we are resisting temptation or battling fear, God will also fight with and for us as we place our hope and confidence in him.

(3:26-28) Moses Follows God's Instructions - God had made it clear that Moses would not enter the Promised Land Numbers 20:12). Then he told Moses to commission Joshua as the new leader and encourage him in this new role. This is a good example to churches, organizations, and other groups who must eventually replace their leaders. Good leaders prepare their people to function without them by discovering those with leadership potential, providing the training they need, and looking for ways to encourage them



Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Victory of the Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Deuteronomy with Chapter 3 and we see  the Lord giving Israel the victory over a much superior army of Og. The reason for the victory is that the Lord fought their battle for them. This principle is woven throughout the Word of God. In making application we see that the Lord still fights our Battles today. It reminds me of when I was fired at a Job for simply bringing my Bible to work with me. My manager told me that the book was a distraction to business because every time customers saw it on my desk they started talking about what the Lord had done for them. This made him uncomfortable and he let me go even though my performance was above the other workers in my field. He even told me he was letting me go because I was a Christian. The Lord gave me another job with a lot higher wage and this supervisor was let go a few months later. The Lord fought my battle and I didn't loose my testimony when I left telling him I didn't hold any ill will toward him for his decision. How about you? Do you see the Lord fighting your battles? Let us learn from today's text and let the Lord fight our battles and See Him provide our Victory.


Deuteronomy 3

Deuteronomy 3

 1Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.

 2And the LORD said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.

 3So the LORD our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.

 4And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

 5All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many.

 6And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city.

 7But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey to ourselves.

 8And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites the land that was on this side Jordan, from the river of Arnon unto mount Hermon;

 9(Which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and the Amorites call it Shenir;)

 10All the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salchah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

 11For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.

 12And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites.

 13And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants.

 14Jair the son of Manasseh took all the country of Argob unto the coasts of Geshuri and Maachathi; and called them after his own name, Bashanhavothjair, unto this day.

 15And I gave Gilead unto Machir.

 16And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon;

 17The plain also, and Jordan, and the coast thereof, from Chinnereth even unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, under Ashdothpisgah eastward.

 18And I commanded you at that time, saying, The LORD your God hath given you this land to possess it: ye shall pass over armed before your brethren the children of Israel, all that are meet for the war.

 19But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle, (for I know that ye have much cattle,) shall abide in your cities which I have given you;

 20Until the LORD have given rest unto your brethren, as well as unto you, and until they also possess the land which the LORD your God hath given them beyond Jordan: and then shall ye return every man unto his possession, which I have given you.

 21And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, Thine eyes have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto these two kings: so shall the LORD do unto all the kingdoms whither thou passest.

 22Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you.

 23And I besought the LORD at that time, saying,

 24O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?

 25I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon.

 26But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me: and the LORD said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter.

 27Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold it with thine eyes: for thou shalt not go over this Jordan.

 28But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.

 29So we abode in the valley over against Bethpeor.