Deuteronomy – Deu 3:8-11 Og’s Bedstead Was of Iron, Nine Cubits Long

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Deuteronomy - Deu 3:8-11

Deu 3:8 And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites the land that was on this side Jordan, from the river of Arnon unto mount Hermon;
Deu 3:9 (Which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and the Amorites call it Shenir;)
Deu 3:10 All the cities of the plain, and all Gilead, and all Bashan, unto Salchah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
Deu 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.

Last week we covered verses 8 and 9 and learned the power of what these names mean: Arnon and mainly Hermon, how we are consecrated unto death. It is important to cover what these names mean because in the names are nuggets of gold and silver we glean. When we focus on the fact that all these names of people and places are us and for our learning, we can easily understand why it is in our best interest to look them up. This week we are going to learn what was the importance of knowing how big Og's bed was. Why does The LORD take a specific amount of time to point out how big Og's bedstead (bedframe) was? What is so significant about the size and metal used to describe this bedframe? It must be something of great importance for us to know, or He would not have included it.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
Amo 6:2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?
Amo 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;
Amo 6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
Amo 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
Amo 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
Amo 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.
Amo 6:8 The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.

Psa 132:1 A Song of degrees. LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions:
Psa 132:2 How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
Psa 132:3 Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
Psa 132:4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
Psa 132:5 Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

Both of these sets of verses describe a bed as a place of relaxation, a place of rest or unrest. In either case they tell us that the bed is a place of rest physically, but we want to learn the spiritual significance of the meaning of Og's place of rest. Because Og was a giant, his bed frame which SUPPORTED his stature, his resting place, was made out of iron. Iron represents the work of men's hands.

Job 28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Job 41:27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.

1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The resting place of this giant is the works of his own hands. It is made from his own hands, and in his own hands he rests. But it is in this resting place of nine cubits long and four cubits wide he receives the whole (the number 4) judgment of God (the number nine).

The number 'nine' represents God's judgment, and four represents the whole of the judgment on Og, our old man. We are judged in our resting place, the place where we have built a doctrine with which we feel comfortable. When we rest, it is telling us that we are at ease. We have a peaceful calmness in resting from the day's labors. Our old man rests in his own works, and in doing so, he is judged by God to be defeated by Israel, our new man. Christ comes upon us as the man who was assured in his own crops; satisfied that he had grown so much he had better build another barn. Yet that very night he died.

Luk 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
Luk 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
Luk 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luk 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luk 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

This is me, creating this huge resting place made from my own hands. This is the doctrine of freewill, the greatest giant in the land. I've told you before that my Dad told me when I was a boy that there was no such thing as God, but that every man made his own life by his own hands. God was for the weak who couldn't stand on their own two feet. This is the doctrine of all religions. All religions, all sects of all religions, believe that we are born, created, evolve, etc. into what we are by our own hands. We are either safe by the gun we sleep by, we are safe because of the company around us, or we are safe because of the alarm system to which we have our homes wired. These are diviations, sects of the main religion of our heart, freewill. It is in this bed we rest in our own works of righteousness and safety. God does not enjoy the proud heart that believes he is at ease because of his own works.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

Zec 1:15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

Og's bedstead was 9 + 4 = 13. The very resting place we think we have created for ourselves is rebellion itself. To think we have rest from our own hands is rebellion. Why is rest rebellion? Because this rest we think we have is from our works, of our hands. We all do it. We think we are building houses, farms, communities, societies, nations and worlds for the good of the world in which we live. The truth of the matter is we are being deceived into the false rest of idolatry. We are worshipping ourselves, the man of sin. There is nothing wrong in wanting peace, building a house, or having peace in our neighborhood, God tells us to live at peace with all men (Heb 12:14). However, it is where we think we are getting that peace and Who creates that rest. Our sleep on our bed of rebellion is so strong that it cannot be moved because God created the iron, the knowledge and structure we devised in our own heads to build it. We didn't create the bedstead - He did.

Heb 3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Heb 3:4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

This bedstead of iron is the same thing the Israelites did in the law of the flesh.

Heb 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

This evil heart is a rebellous heart.

Jer 5:23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
Psa 78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

It is the flesh's desire to always make things easy for the flesh; to satisfy the flesh with fleshly desires. However, the flesh does not like to submit to anything that takes from the flesh. I have seen, and I have personally made my flesh submit to religous ordinances, but not to glorify God but rather to glorify the flesh. Christ points this out concerning the Pharisees in us about praying. He pointed out that the Pharisees love to pray in the streets to be seen by all, a type of resting in their works. However, He tells us that they have their reward.

Mat 6:5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Last year I was in a restuarant getting some breakfast, and as I walked in, I noticed three older folks sitting at a table. I noticed them because they were talking loudly TO EACH OTHER about Jesus and how so many were lost today in the world. I recognized their motive because as they spoke they were looking around to see how many people were watching them. As I stood in line to get my order one of the elderly men came up and stood behind me. We exchanged morning greetings, and then he asked me, "Have you been saved?" I told him, "Yes, I am in the body of The Christ." He said, "Oh, good" and looked at me confused and walked away. I sat down to eat my meal, and I watched them as they obviously spoke about my answer. A few minutes later they got up and went outside in the parking lot, held hands in a circle, and one of them led a prayer with a loud voice so all could hear as the others said, "Amen, amen, thank you, Jesus" at every word. Now, I don't know their hearts, and I am sure that in their hearts they were doing the right thing, but from being in Babylon for 20 plus years I can make an intelligent guess that their hearts were lifted up with all the people sitting in the resturant as they stood outside this huge window for all to see and prayed out loud. So much for...

Mat 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

I use them for an example, not to shame them, but to point out that years of failure, years of sinning, asking for forgiveness, sinning, asking for forgiveness, altar calls, giving of money to Babylon, can make a person create a bedstead of iron. It's a place where we rest in our works. It is a place of comfort that says, "Today I prayed for all these lost souls who are unaware that they are heading to a place of everlasting torment in hell fire." When they get a new convert, they turn them into twofold more a child of hell.

Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Why? Because we have been beat down so hard from all the Babylonian teachings we've taught ourselves and learned from others, that we turn and rend others. We WANT THEM to feel the pain that we had to suffer when we gave up our sin. We preach it from the tallest building, because we want everyone to see what we have accomplished since we gave our lives to Jesus and we stopped sinning.

At first I was ashamed to bow my head in a public place, but when I realized according to Babylonian teachings how much I was doing FOR Jesus, I bowed and prayed out loud for all to see. I created my bedstead of iron, a resting place, created from the works of the hands of the flesh. I believed I created it.

It makes it easier to sin because you covered it in your good works yesterday. "Don't worry, God knows you're weak, plus yesterday you prayed for that drug addict down the road and gave 10% of your money to the offering plate, you're okay." Sin is very sneaky. It's cunning and creates sin where you never imagined. As I have said recently, we sin and are in sin and don't even know it until God shines the light on it.

Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Sin never dies, it just takes on another form. First it's outward and obvious, and then it's sneaky and colored with religious acts; all along still serving the flesh. Outward sin is obvious for all to see, but sin in our garden, just us two talking together like old friends, is subtle and deceitful. "Hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" The question was formed in a way to cause doubt and confusion. This is why in Job 41, sin in us is described as leviathan.

Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
Job 41:2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Job 41:3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
Job 41:4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
Job 41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
Job 41:6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
Job 41:7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
Job 41:8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
Job 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
Job 41:10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
Job 41:11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
Job 41:12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
Job 41:13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
Job 41:14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
Job 41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. (this is speaking of how deceitful our sin is)
Job 41:16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
Job 41:17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
Job 41:18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
Job 41:19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
Job 41:20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
Job 41:21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
Job 41:22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
Job 41:23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
Job 41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
Job 41:25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
Job 41:26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
Job 41:27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
Job 41:28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. (quoting scripture does nothing to our flesh, if it is not the power of God Who created it, quoting scripture to the flesh is a joke to it)
Job 41:29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
Job 41:30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
Job 41:31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
Job 41:32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
Job 41:33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
Job 41:34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.

This is what is in every human that has ever been born into this world. This is what causes us so much confusion, because he is king over all the children of pride, the flesh. It is this strength of sin that causes us to rise up out of the sea and then build an image of ourselves which all must worship. Color it any way we want, it is still the same thing: sin creating a resting place for itself, a bedstead of iron on which the man of sin can sleep. However, when the light of truth comes in, He will not allow Og to rest, He kills him wherever he finds him: in outward overt acts of sin or hidden sins in the dark places of our hearts.

2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: [we do trust or rest in the works of the flesh]
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

This having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience is knowing where the work originates and Who created the work. This readiness does not allow our old man to get comfortable in this world. It always keeping him on his toes, always crucifying him daily, hourly, minute by minute, bringing our thoughts into captivity to the power of the resurrection and doing so that we may be found in Him and the power of His resurrection in us.

Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Php 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

We experience the power of His resurrection in this life, if we are blessed to do so. It goes without saying, to experience this resurrection we must experience death. We cannot experience resurrection unless we have died. This is putting Og to death in every area of our life which Christ exposes as a rebellious resting place we've created. In putting him to death, Christ also resurrects us to obtain that inheritance which was once possessed by Og. Next week, LORD willing, we will cover how Reuben is the first to inherit the land and why Reuben, then Gad and then the half tribe of Manasseh receive their inheritance.

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