- How did the conquest of Sihon & Og disprove the faithless fears of 40 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; Ps 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 give into prayer and its answer by this incident?
Cf. Num. 20:12; Ps. 106:32,33.
- Verse 26: ‘That is enough’. 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 John 1:17 throw light on this?
- Verse 11. ‘Bed’: or possibly ‘sarcophagus’. It was eleven feet long and six broad.
- Verse 13-15. This double division of the tribe of Manasseh greatly weakened it thus fulfilling Gen 84:14, 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 (Num 25)