🎯TOPIC: HEARING FROM GOD
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✝️TEXT: Deuteronomy 2: 1-26(NKJV)
2:1. “Then we turned and journeyed into the wilderness of the Way of the Red Sea, as the LORD spoke to me, and we skirted Mount Seir for many days.
2:2. “And the LORD spoke to me, saying:
2:3. ‘You have skirted this mountain long enough; turn northward.
2:4. ‘And command the people, saying, “You [are about to] pass through the territory of your brethren, the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir; and they will be afraid of you. Therefore watch yourselves carefully.
2:5. “Do not meddle with them, for I will not give you [any] of their land, no, not so much as one footstep, because I have given Mount Seir to Esau [as] a possession.
2:6. “You shall buy food from them with money, that you may eat; and you shall also buy water from them with money, that you may drink.
2:7. “For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God [has been] with you; you have lacked nothing.” ‘
2:8. ” And when we passed beyond our brethren, the descendants of Esau who dwell in Seir, away from the road of the plain, away from Elath and Ezion Geber, we turned and passed by way of the Wilderness of Moab.
2:9. “Then the LORD said to me, ‘Do not harass Moab, nor contend with them in battle, for I will not give you [any] of their land [as] a possession, because I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot [as] a possession.’ ”
2:10. (The Emim had dwelt there in times past, a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim.
2:11. They were also regarded as giants, like the Anakim, but the Moabites call them Emim.
2:12. The Horites formerly dwelt in Seir, but the descendants of Esau dispossessed them and destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their place, just as Israel did to the land of their possession which the LORD gave them.)
2:13. ” ‘Now rise and cross over the Valley of the Zered.’ So we crossed over the Valley of the Zered.
2:14. “And the time we took to come from Kadesh Barnea until we crossed over the Valley of the Zered [was] thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of war was consumed from the midst of the camp, just as the LORD had sworn to them.
2:15. “For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from the midst of the camp until they were consumed.
2:16. ” So it was, when all the men of war had finally perished from among the people,
2:17. “that the LORD spoke to me, saying:
2:18. ‘This day you are to cross over at Ar, the boundary of Moab.
2:19. ‘And [when] you come near the people of Ammon, do not harass them or meddle with them, for I will not give you [any] of the land of the people of Ammon [as] a possession, because I have given it to the descendants of Lot [as] a possession.’ ”
2:20. (That was also regarded as a land of giants; giants formerly dwelt there. But the Ammonites call them Zamzummim,
2:21. a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim. But the LORD destroyed them before them, and they dispossessed them and dwelt in their place,
2:22. just as He had done for the descendants of Esau, who dwelt in Seir, when He destroyed the Horites from before them. They dispossessed them and dwelt in their place, even to this day.
2:23. And the Avim, who dwelt in villages as far as Gaza — the Caphtorim, who came from Caphtor, destroyed them and dwelt in their place.)
2:24. ” ‘ Rise, take your journey, and cross over the River Arnon. Look, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to possess [it,] and engage him in battle.
2:25. ‘This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the nations under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.’
2:26. ” And I sent messengers from the Wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon king of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying,
✝️🗒️STUDY: Moses always inquired and heard from God at every instance of their journey to the Promised Land. In our text, the Lord told Israel to pass through Mount Seir which He gave as inheritance to their brethren, the descendants of Esau. He instructed them not to provoke them when they pass through their land. The Lord also instructed them not to disturb the Moabites as they passed through their land because He has given Ar to them for a possession.
It is very important that as we hear clearly from God before taking any step in life. It is only the Lord that knows the end from the beginning; our own perceptions are limited and we cannot see beyond our horizon. If the children of Israel had gone ahead to contend with Esau’s descendants and the Moabites, they might have encountered negative consequences which might make them confused and wonder whether God is still in their midst. Similarly, if we live our lives without first consulting God, we are bound to make mistakes. Beloved, God has allotted unto every man a space to occupy, an endowment to use, a task and destiny to fulfill. Do you hear from God every day to identify and utilize yours for His glory? Check under God whether you have trespassed into another man’s land, gift, endowment, ministry etc and repent.
✝️🙏 PRAYER: Help me Lord not to be presumptuous in life and ministry, in Jesus name. Amen.
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