The conquest of the our land on the east side of the Jordan river is described in Numbers chapter 21. This story really began in the 36th year after we came out of Egypt when Yehovah stirred the heart of Og, the Amorite king, to take the land between the Jabbok and the Arnon rivers (land which belonged to Moab) for himself.
Most people will tell you that Balaam, the son of Beor, is not mentioned until Numbers 22, but I found him, and his dad, in chapter 21. They, are the men, “those who speak in proverbs,” mentioned in Numbers 21:27, and it is their divined “prophecy” which is recorded in verses 27 – 30.
Jasher 84:19 Therefore the parable speakers Beor and Balaam his son uttered these words saying, “Come unto Heshbon, the city of Sihon will be built and established.
20 Woe unto thee Moab! thou art lost, O people of Kemosh!” behold it is written upon the book of the law of God.
Therefore those who speak in proverbs say: “Come to Heshbon, let it be built; let the city of Sihon be repaired. “For fire went out from Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon; it consumed Ar of Moab, the lords of the heights of the Arnon. Woe to you, Moab! You have perished, O people of Chemosh! He has given his sons as fugitives, and his daughters into captivity. to Sihon king of the Amorites. But we have shot at them; Heshbon has perished as far as Dibon. Then we laid waste as far as Nophah, which reaches to Medeba.” (Num 21:27-30)
Why does this chapter begin with us, Israel (Yehovah’s spiritually born sons) fighting with the Canaanite king of Arad and his very heavy army? After leaving Kadesh in the first month of the fortieth year after we came out of Egypt, did we really go south, down and around Edom before turning north?
Sometimes it is hard to get past the theology of those who translate the Hebrew text. But, if we will take the time to search out what Yehovah’s word actually says, then we are in for a really great adventure.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. (Pro 25:2)
If you are not satisfied with the doctrines and traditions of men which most everyone teaches, you should join me as we search out the Torah each week, verse by verse.
Here is this weeks lesson.
The Defeat Of Sihon And Og
2N10 Numbers 20 & Yasher 83:33 – 85:33
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