Numbers 21 Final–Amorites? What Amorites?

While God Had not allowed Israel to take possession of the promised land, Make no mistake–He was still with them.  Israel, the nomadic people, were just minding their own business and kindly asked to walk through the Amorite lands.  They were respectful, promised not to steal or destroy anything as they passed.  But, Sihon the King, said no! Not only did he say no, but, he decided to attack the Israelites and give them a lesson…or so he thought.  Turns out, that was the last poor choice Sihon would make.
Israel routed the Amorites. They wiped them out, killed the King and took over the land. God delivered the enemies, their King and their lands over to His people.  God was not fooling around.  The people that lived in the land were going to know that Israel was a protected people. If they would simply follow God, they would be untouchable. Israel was always polite and unassuming–but, mess with them, and it would cost you everything.
That is how much God loves his own. He will discipline them for a lack of faith and trust–but, He will protect them from all enemies.  The enemies will soon realize they are not facing the people, they are facing the great I AM! Bible history makes it clear–that is a fight you do not want to start.  So, in our time and in this world–we need simply to trust God and follow Him closely.  As we do, the Lord will guide and protect us.  He will deliver into our hands more than we could have ever hoped for.  It is always better to allow God to be God–He does it so much better than we do–if you don’t believe me, just ask Sihon, former king of the Amorites!!!
God Bless You

Israel sent messengers to say to Sihon king of the Amorites:

22 “Let us pass through your country. We will not turn aside into any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.”

23 But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his territory. He mustered his entire army and marched out into the wilderness against Israel. When he reached Jahaz, he fought with Israel.24 Israel, however, put him to the sword and took over his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok,but only as far as the Ammonites, because their border was fortified. 25 Israel captured all the cities of the Amorites and occupied them, including Heshbon and all its surrounding settlements. 26 Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken from him all his land as far as the Arnon…

So Israel settled in the land of the Amorites.

32 After Moses had sent spies to Jazer, the Israelites captured its surrounding settlements and drove out the Amorites who were there. 33 Then they turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan and his whole army marched out to meet them in battle at Edrei.

34 The Lord said to Moses, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”

35 So they struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army, leaving them no survivors. And they took possession of his land

Numbers 21 Part 2–The Bronze Snake

It is almost laughable.  God had literally just delivered the Israelites from the hands of the Canaanites.  The people were successful in the battle and a message to those who would consider attacking Israel sent.  It should have been a time of peace and celebration.  Instead, Israel began complaining about God’s protection and provision.  “No bread, No water, the food stinks…” God had dealt with the lack of gratefulness in several ways, up to then, this time, He released snakes among those complaining.  If bit, the people would die.

Moses, great leader that he was, again interceded on behalf of Israelites.  I am sure he and God had quite a talk.  In the end, however, God allowed Moses to construct a cure, a snake on a pole. No matter how sick the Israelites were, if they would simply look at the pole, they would be cured.  It was clear, God had little tolerance for the ungrateful hearts of His people. Still even in God’s fury, He was willing to forgive and restore His people.

In our lives, we often find ourselves forgetting the great things God has done on our behalf.  Our very salvation comes from the greatest sacrifice of God. Still, we soon forget the provision, the protection and the preparation God has provided us.  Instead, we tend to complain about the circumstances, the trials and the opportunities God gives us to trust and let Him lead.  In the midst of the complaining, God loses patience…really, after all He has done, and we are still not satisfied? The message was clear–be grateful for what you have, not ungrateful for what you think you lack.  God knows what we need and provides it. It is rarely timed or packaged in the form we would like, but it is always the right thing, at the right time.

Focus on Him, not on your circumstance–if you will, no matter how far gone you think you are, God can and will forgive and restore you!

God Bless You

They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[c] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.