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What is the difference between Bashan and Zion in the Bible?
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The simple explanation between these two names, Bashan and Zion, is that they are in two different areas.
Bashan is a region and kingdom mentioned in Numbers 21 and Deuteronomy 3. Og, the King of Bashan, rose up an army to destroy Israel, but was ultimately routed. God had made a promise to the people of Israel that he would be with them and that anyone who rises above them will be cursed. Time and time again, God gave military victory to the people of Israel. One of these occasions was with Bashan, where King Og was defeated in battle.
In terms of location, Bashan was a region located North East of the Sea of Galilee, an area that streches into modern day Syria and Jordan.
Zion, on the other hand, was the name of a mountain where 'the city of David', Jerusalem, is now located. In 2 Samuel 5, King David raises an army and takes the city by crawling through a water tunnel to get into it. This city became the capital of Israel and is still an important city today.
Jerusalem is located on the west of the river Jordan, that is, south west of the Sea of Galilee. The distance between Zion (Jerusalem) and the area of Bashan is approximately 80 miles.
In both of these cases, God had made a promise of victory. In all areas of life, what God says, he will bring about. One of the biggest promises that God made is that he will save his people from their sins. This was fulfilled by God the Son being born as a human called Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect life, showing us how we are to live. He died on a cross for the price of our sins and rose from the dead to show his victory over death. By believing in him, asking for forgiveness of our sins, we can be forgiven and can know God personally.
In summary, Bashan was a region north east of the Sea of Galilee, where a battle took place and Israel took possession of the land. Zion was the name of the mountain on which Jerusalem is now situated, approximately 80 miles away from the area of Bashan. God fulfilled his promises through these battles and fulfilled his promise to save his people through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
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