King Og Defeated

Isaiah says that we are to “lift up an ensign over the peoples” (Isaiah 5:26). An ensign is a flag or banner. If you’ve seen a Navy ship you may have noticed the field of stars flying at the stern. That’s an ensign. It identifies the ship by its nationality. Isa … More


From all appearances Israel hardly stood a chance of defeating them but we must remember that no matter how insurmountable the obstacles may seem God is sovereign and will take care of any enemy he chooses (vv. 1-11). Continuing the rehearsal of Israel’s experience in the wilderness, Moses tells of the resistance of another Amorite King and the victory God gave to Israel. The Israelites faced the well-trained army of Og, king of Bashan (v. 1). They completely destroyed the kingdom of Bashan, just as they had destroyed King Sihon of Heshbon (vv. 2-3). They destroyed all the people in every town they conquered-men, women, and children, but they kept all the livestock for themselves (vv. 4-7). The land contained 60 high walled cities and a territory that included the northern half of Gilead and all of Bashan (v. 4). They hardly stood a chance, but they won because God fought for them. God can help His people regardless of how impossible the obstacles may seem.

Sidon and Og were both Amorite kings that had controlled the territory which bordered Jordan. Their land stretched from the Arnon River gorge in the south to Mount Hermon in the north (vv. 8-9). They captured all the towns in the highlands, all of Gilead, all of Bashan and two of the towns that Og had ruled (v. 10). Israel had just gained victory over Sihon and now they were facing the well-trained army of Og, king of Bashan. Og was a giant. Moses describes his bed as 13 feet long and six feet wide (v. 11). This truly was a king-sized bed.


Many young Christians think that the battles of life will get easier as we grow older but it doesn’t seem to work that way. It is just that in different seasons of life we go through different types of battles. When I was younger it seemed that my battles were centered more around moral purity. Through the years of life occupation they were more in the area of competition and pleasing others. Now as I approach the senior years physical and mental things become more challenging.

Deuteronomy 3:1-11 (English Standard Version)

"Then we turned and went up the way to Bashan. And Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. But the LORD said to me, 'Do not fear him, for I have given him and all his people and his land into your hand. And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.' So the LORD our God gave into our hand Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people, and we struck him down until he had no survivor left. And we took all his cities at that time--there was not a city that we did not take from them--sixty cities, the whole region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, besides very many unwalled villages. And we devoted them to destruction, as we did to Sihon the king of Heshbon, devoting to destruction every city, men, women, and children. But all the livestock and the spoil of the cities we took as our plunder. So we took the land at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, from the Valley of the Arnon to Mount Hermon (the Sidonians call Hermon Sirion, while the Amorites call it Senir), all the cities of the tableland and all Gilead and all Bashan, as far as Salecah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan. (For only Og the king of Bashan was left of the remnant of the Rephaim. Behold, his bed was a bed of iron. Is it not in Rabbah of the Ammonites? Nine cubits was its length, and four cubits its breadth, according to the common cubit....."

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