SERIES: 05 Deuteronomy - 2015
MESSAGE: Deuteronomy 2-3
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 2-3

In Deuteronomy 2-3, Moses continued to recount the Israelites' journey through the wilderness to the next generation so they would remember the Lord's promises and faithfulness. As we look at some of the insurmountable odds the Israelites faced, we're reminded that we don't fight for victory, but from victory.


  1. Introduction
    1. Moses was at the end of his race
    2. On the border of the Promised Land, he retold the story of the major events of the last forty years to the second generation
    3. Three courses of speeches
    4. The book of Deuteronomy
      1. Chapters 1-3: review of the past
      2. Chapters 4-26: regulations for the present
      3. Chapters 27-34: readiness for the future
      4. Historical, legal, and prophetical
  2. Deuteronomy 2
    1. The Israelites had been wandering
      1. Deuteronomy 1:6
      2. Moses recounted the journey for them
      3. Do you ever feel like the Lord is telling you, "You've gone around in circles long enough"?
    2. Esau was the firstborn twin brother of Jacob
      1. He would have had the birthright; Genesis 25:29-34
      2. Genesis 27
      3. God promised to give the land of Israel to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and his descendants (twelve tribes of Israel)
      4. God also promised to give land to Esau
      5. God keeps His promises, even to people like Esau
      6. The area that the descendants of Jacob were promised is one-sixth of 1 percent of the area that the Arabs (descendants of Esau) have settled
      7. Acts 17:26
        1. God determines where people live
        2. Wars happen because people want to mess with those boundaries
    3. Verse 6: the manna had ceased
      1. It was time for them to grow up and participate
      2. Part of our growth is that God changes the way He provides for us; He wants us to be actively involved
    4. Verse 7: forty years of history in a nutshell from God's perspective
      1. God always provides our needs, not our greeds
      2. Psalm 23:1
    5. Elath: used by Solomon and Jehoshaphat for trade
    6. Verse 8
      1. Numbers 21:3-4
      2. They got discouraged because it was a hard, grueling way
    7. The Emim were giants; Emim seems to be a Moabite term that literally means the terrible men
    8. The Israelites wandered because they rebelled
      1. Numbers 13-14
      2. Referred to throughout the Old Testament as "therebellion"
      3. They murmured and complained in their tents
      4. They went from marching to meandering, from being a witness to being a group of whiners
      5. We make our journey harder when we complain against and disobey God
      6. When you complain, you're saying, "God isn't sovereign anymore"
    9. From the time of Abraham, giant people dwelt east of the Jordan River, then migrated south to the land of Moab
    10. The ten spies' report
      1. Numbers 13:33
      2. The truth was the people of Canaan were terrified of the children of Israel
      3. Joshua 2:8-9
      4. Whenever you disbelieve the promises of God, you'll waste your time
    11. The children of Israel took over the land of Sihon and Heshbon
      1. Poetic justice: the Moabites had stolen it from the Ammonites years before
      2. Piece of poetry immortalized Israel's dispossession of the Moabites
      3. Chemosh was worshiped in this area
        1. The god of war
        2. God dispossessed them because of a demonic worship system
          1. Solomon built a shrine to Chemosh; 1 Kings 11:7
          2. Josiah; 2 Kings 23
  3. Deuteronomy 3
    1. Bashan = Gilead; fertile and lush
    2. Sihon and Og
      1. These names were passed down throughout the history of Israel
      2. They proved God's faithful promises
    3. Victory against Og: insurmountable odds
      1. That's the history of the nation of Israel
      2. What are the insurmountable odds that you are facing?
        1. Can you grab hold of this lesson?
        2. "One with God is a majority" —Martin Luther
    4. Standard cubit is eighteen inches; thirteen and a half feet is 162 inches
    5. The children of Israel were in control of the entire Transjordan area before they even crossed the Jordan River
      1. This should have been an encouragement to them
      2. Two and a half tribes settled east of the Jordan
    6. Joshua and Caleb
      1. The only two besides Moses who survived the forty-year march
      2. The two spies who gave a good report of faith
      3. Joshua took over for Moses; Joshua 1
      4. You're in a battle—that's life
      5. But you're not fighting for victory; you're fighting from victory
    7. From Mount Pisgah, you can see all throughout the land
      1. Moses was right at the finish line
      2. He again brought up going into the Promised Land
    8. There's always a time for the new generation to take it
      1. There's always a time for the old generation to quit looking to themselves and instead want to pass it on
      2. Christianity began as a youth movement; the disciples were young
    9. Numbers 20
      1. Moses disobeyed God
        1. Your emotions can get the best of you and trump submission
        2. Whenever emotion trumps submission, there's a degeneration
        3. Emotion out of control can ruin it for you
        4. Ephesians 4:26
        5. 1 John 2:15
      2. Moses misrepresented God
      3. Moses elevated himself way too high: "must we bring water for you out of this rock?" (v. 10, emphasis added)
    10. Moses' prayer was eventually answered: the transfiguration (see Matthew 17; Mark 9; Luke 9)

Figures referenced: Martin Luther

Cross references: Genesis 25:29-34; 27; Numbers 13-14; 20; 21:3-4; Deuteronomy 1:6; 2-3; Joshua 1; 2:8-9; 1 Kings 11:7; 2 Kings 23; Psalm 23:1; Matthew 17; Mark 9; Luke 9; Acts 17:26; Ephesians 4:26; 1 John 2:15

Topic: Promised Land

Keywords: Promised Land, wanderings, wilderness, Israel, providence, the rebellion, complaining, battle, victory, generations, disobedience, emotions

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