"And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at Edrei... So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive: and they possessed his land."
(Numbers 21:33, 35 KJV)
“Bashan was an area north of Gilead and east of the Jordan River and it stretched to the slopes of mount Hermon to the north but really had no definite boundary. It went from the Jordan River on the east again to no definite boundaries on the west. So Bashan included the fertile, wooded slopes of Jebel Ed-Druze, the very rich plain of el-Chauran, the rocky tract of el-Leja', the region now known as el-Jedur, which resembles the Chauran in character, but less well cultivated. It, also, includes the breezy uplands of el-Jaulan with its wonderful reaches of pasture land. It was a land of rich, great cities, as the existing ruins testify”. (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, http://www.bible-history.com/isbe/B/BASHAN/)
Moses and the Israelites defeated King Og of the Amorites in a battle led by God and killed all the people in about 60 cities before they came to the Jordan River. Later this land, known as Bashan, was given to the half tribe of Menassah as their possession and it became a part of Israel for many years. Our Awesome God had provided this land for His people and they kept a part of it until the Syrian Wars (1 Kings 22:3). King Jeroboam II regained it briefly (2 Kings 14:25). Then it was incorporated into the Assyrian Empire (2 Kings 15:25-29). Today it is part of Gilead.
God provided them with the best, as Bashan was known for the oak trees on its mountains and the strength of its bulls. Today that area is known for its wheat crops. Our Awesome God always provides the best for us, His Children, but we forget, like the Israelites, to say "Thank You" to our God. Don't take for granted what you have today. Remember to Thank God for what He provides.
Join a church (if you haven't already) that prays often and loves our God. His son, Jesus Christ, died for you and took your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. Again Our Awesome God is providing for you a way to get to heaven. He loves you!! Praise the Lord!
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM). Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM (September through May). Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) we have Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the choir and Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill