Deuteronomy 3: Remember when we kicked Bashan’s butt


This chapter recounts the war with Bashan that the Israelites won. It also recounts the land given to Reuben and Manasseh and includes a bit about Moses lamenting how he is not allowed to cross the Jordon into the promised land. However, don’t worry. God is putting Joshua in charge to take care of everyone.

In other words:

Moses gives everyone a pep talk and tells everyone that Joshua is now their new ruler (per God’s will).

Favorite bit: 

Deuteronomy 3:11 – For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? Nine cubits was the length thereof and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.  I love that there is this aside about a giant that they defeated. His bed was huge 13 ½ feet by 6 feet and made of iron.  Imagine a bed twice as long as a standard king sized bed.

Least favorite bit:

Deuteronomy 3:28 – but charge Joshua and encourage him and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.

Moral Lesson Learned:

A little bit of bragging is ok – just don’t go overboard (Deuteronomy 3)