when his enemies attack
devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2330
Num 21:21 Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, and this is what he said,
Num 21:22 “Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into field or vineyard. We will not drink the water from a well. We will go by the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.”
Num 21:23 But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. He gathered all his people together and went out against Israel to the wilderness and came to Jahaz and fought against Israel.
Num 21:24 But Israel defeated him by the edge of the sword and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as to the Ammonites, because the border of the Ammonites was strong.
Num 21:25 And Israel took all these cities, and Israel took possession of all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all its villages.
Num 21:26 Because Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon.
Num 21:27 Therefore the ballad singers say, “Come to Heshbon, let it be built; let the city of Sihon be established.
Num 21:28 Because fire came out from Heshbon, flame from the city of Sihon. It devoured Ar of Moab, and swallowed the heights of the Arnon.
Num 21:29 Tragedy has come to you, O Moab! You have been destroyed, O people of Chemosh! He has made his sons fugitives, and his daughters captives, to an Amorite king, Sihon.
Num 21:30 So we overthrew them; Heshbon, as far as Dibon, was destroyed; and we laid waste as far as Nophah; fire spread as far as Medeba.”
Num 21:31 This is how Israel came to possess the land of the Amorites.
Num 21:32 And Moses sent to spy out Jazer, and they captured its villages and dispossessed the Amorites who were there.
Num 21:33 Then they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. And Og the king of Bashan came out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
Num 21:34 But Yahveh said to Moses, “Do not fear him, because I have given him into your hand, and all his people, and his land. And you will do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.”
Num 21:35 So they defeated him and his sons and all his people, until he had no remaining survivor. And they possessed his land.
when his enemies attack
After so much failure, complaining, rebellion and judgment, the Israelites finally get around to fighting their way to the promised land. The kings of the Amorites and Bashan would be celebrated as great victories for Israel for centuries to come. In both cases, the kings themselves made the first aggressive move.
The conflict that ensued was not a mistake. God intended his people to fight for what he had promised them. He intends for us to do the same — on our knees.
LORD, prepare us to do battle in prayer when your enemies attack us.