“Next we turned and went along the road toward Bashan, and Og, king of Bashan with his whole army marched out to meet us in battle at Edrei. The Lord said to me, ‘Do not be afraid of him for I have handed him over to you with his whole army and his land. . .’ So the Lord our God gave into our hands Og, king of Bashan and all his army.” Deuteronomy 3:1-3
And so begins the story of “The King with the Giant Bed” in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 3. It’s not a long story, and it’s no wonder God was doing some reassuring of His people. Because not only was Og a powerful king who ruled cities fortified with high walls with gates and bars, he was himself a giant of a man.
Big men can be largely intimidating, and King Og was apparently both large and intimidating. How large? So large. . . .
. . . So large that his bed was more than 13 feet long and 6 feet wide. That’s one big bed, and that’s one big giant of an enemy.
Scholars tend to debate whether his bed was a bed for sleeping at night, or a bed for all eternity–as in a casket. Either way that was one big bed, and either way, he had slept in both by the end of this story.
I continually marvel at how God puts these obscure little details in Scripture. I don’t believe they are there just to “wow!” us, but to teach us and encourage us. Because when I read or teach this short little story, I am reminded of a couple of really important things. Things like:
When God goes before me, nothing is impossible.
When God goes before me, I don’t have to be afraid.
When God goes before me, giants fall.
When God goes before me, there is victory.
So when I read the story of “The King with the Big Bed”, I know with confidence that I can trust our Big God to do Big Work on the Big Giants that may seem a little scary in our lives. As long as He goes before me, I know that nothing is impossible, I don’t have to fear, giants will fall and victory is on the way!
Now that’s some truth to sleep on. May you rest well this freaky Friday in the big hands of the big God who loves you with a giant kind of love.