Deuteronomy 3* The conquest of Og king of Bashan. (1-11) The land of Gileadand Bashan. (12-20) Moses encourages Joshua. (21-29) # 1-11 Og was very powerful, but he did not take warning by theruin of Sihon, and desire conditions of peace. He trusted hisown strength, and so was hardened to his destruction. Those notawakened by the judgments of God on others, ripen for the likejudgments on themselves.12-20 This country was settled on the Reubenites, Gadites, andhalf the tribe of Manasseh: see #Nu 32|. Moses repeats thecondition of the grant to which they agreed. When at rest, weshould desire to see our brethren at rest too, and should beready to do what we can towards it; for we are not born forourselves, but are members one of another. 21-29 Moses encouraged Joshua, who was to succeed him. Thus theaged and experienced in the service of God, should do all theycan to strengthen the hands of those who are young, and settingout in religion. Consider what God has done, what God haspromised. If God be for us, who can be against us, so as toprevail? We reproach our Leader if we follow him trembling.Moses prayed, that, if it were God's will, he might go beforeIsrael, over Jordan into Canaan. We should never allow anydesires in our hearts, which we cannot in faith offer up to Godby prayer. God's answer to this prayer had a mixture of mercyand judgment. God sees it good to deny many things we desire. Hemay accept our prayers, yet not grant us the very things we prayfor. It God does not by his providence give us what we desire,yet if by his grace he makes us content without, it comes tomuch the same. Let it suffice thee to have God for thy Father,and heaven for thy portion, though thou hast not every thingthou wouldst have in the world. God promised Moses a sight ofCanaan from the top of Pisgah. Though he should not have thepossession of it, he should have the prospect of it. Even greatbelievers, in this present state, see heaven but at a distance.God provided him a successor. It is a comfort to the friends ofthe church of Christ, to see God's work likely to be carried onby others, when they are silent in the dust. And if we have theearnest and prospect of heaven, let these suffice us; let ussubmit to the Lord's will, and speak no more to Him of matterswhich he sees good to refuse us.
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