Study 3 From The Book of Deuteronomy is: Deuteronomy 3
- How did the conquest of Sihon and of Og disprove the faithless fears of forty years before? Cf. 1:28 with 2:36 and 3:4-6. What use did later generations make of the memory of these victories? Cf. Jos. 2:10; Pss. 135: 10, 11; 136:18-20.
- What do verses 21, 22 teach us about the duty of mutual encouragement? Cf. how Paul sought to share his assurance (2 Tim.1:12) with others (Phil. 1:6).
- Try to imagine the intensity of Moses’ desire in verses 24, 25. What insight are we given into prayer and its answer by this incident? Cf. Nu. 2. 20:12; Ps. 106:32, 33.
- Verse 26: ‘Let it suffice you’. Moses must be content with his own place in God’s work. He was the law-giver, and Joshua (Hebrew form of ‘Jesus’) was the conqueror. How does Jn. 1:17 throw light on this?
- Verse 11. ‘Bedstead’: or possibly ‘Sarcophagus’. It was eleven feet long and six broad.
- Verses 13-15. This double division of the tribe of Manasseh greatly weakened it, thus fulfilling Gn. 48:14ff., in which Ephraim, although the younger of the two sons of Joseph, is given priority over Manasseh.
- Verse 29. “Beth-peor’: ‘house of Peor’, the Moabite god through which the people sinned (Nu.25).