We go through victories and defeats in life. May it please the Lord always that we become closer to Him to fulfil His will for our lives.
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A tumultuous mixture of highs and lows buffeted the Israelites as they finished their desert wanderings and prepared to enter the Promised Land. The older generation passed away as exemplified by the deaths of Miriam and Aaron (Ch. 20). Moses himself was disqualified from entering Canaan because of his disobedience in striking the rock at Meribah. Joshua was appointed as Moses’ replacement (Ch. 27).
There are several important early victories on the east of the Jordan River. Arad is defeated, followed by Sihon of the Amorites and Og of Bashan. But before these battles even begin the Israelites are defeated again by their old complaining spirit and God sent poisonous snakes among them to discipline them. God does not remove the poison, the consequence of their sin, but gives them an antidote instead: they are saved by their faith in…
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