Read Deuteronomy 3
Focus on verse 11
Andre the Giant was known around the world for his imposing size, and, I might add, his gentle spirit. I am not exactly short at six two, but I am quite certain I would feel like a shrimp next to him. People who are over-sized have certain advantages like reaching tall cupboards and painting ceilings, however, being oversized has some serious problems as well, like finding clothes that fit, riding in back seat of a compact car, or having to sleep diagonally on a king-sized bed.
In today’s reading the Israelites encounter a man who would have likely made Andre feel like a shrimp. King Og apparently slept on a bed that was 13.5 feet long and 6 feet wide suggesting that he was significantly larger than average. Big enough to be terrifying in full armor with his game face on.
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. (v. 11)
Yet despite his great size and strength, King Og was no match for the God of Israel.
With God’s help the people struck down not only this over-sized king, but his entire army, and every man woman and child that were part of his kingdom. The point being – when God is for us – it does not matter how big the army is of those that are against us because God is bigger.
“Our God is greater,
our God is stronger,
our God is higher than any other”,
Our God is amazing beyond our ability to comprehend, an yet, amazingly He loves us and is interested in maintaining a relationship with us to the degree that He was willing to send His Son, Jesus to suffer and die, so that we might live and be free.