Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 3
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
The next enemy confronted by Israel was Og, King of Bashan. God promised to do the same to him as had been done to Sihon. God gave Israel 60 walled fortress cities belonging to Og, a sure sign that the victory belong to the LORD, not to Israel. The reference to the bed (or sarcophagus) of Og shows us the physical size of this King defeated by God at the hands of Israel. The land of the Amorites became the home of Reuben and Gad, while the land of Bashan was given to Manasseh. These tribes first had to help their brothers cross the Jordan and claim their inheritance before settling down in their own territory. Moses used his experience with Sihon and Og to encourage Joshua saying, "So will the Lord do to all the kingdoms into which you are crossing. You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you." Moses himself, however, could not enter the Promised Land, but was only given the opportunity to look at it with his eyes from the top of Mount Pisgah. Moses' final task was to encourage and strengthen Joshua to take possession of this land.