Deuteronomy 2:1-23 The Lord directed Moses to journey with the children of Israel back into the Wilderness and toward Esau’s land in Seir. The Lord warned not to contend with them, trying to take their land for the Lord gave it to Esau’s descendants. They were only to purchase food and water from them. Even though the Israelites were punished, God still blessed the work of their hands and was with them those forty years. The eventually entered Moab, whose founder was related to Lot, Abraham’s nephew. The Lord warned the Israelites about Moab the same as he did about Esau’s land which was called Edom. Eventually, the Israelites entered the land of Ammon, whose founder was also related to Lot. They were given the same warning about the people of Ammon.
Notes: The lands of Esau, Moab, and Ammon were all related to the Israelites back to Abraham and Abraham’s brother Nahor (Father of Lot). Esau was Jacob’s brother. Their father was Isaac, whose father was Abraham. Moab and Ammon were the names given to Lot’s grandchildren.
Deuteronomy 2:24-37 The Israelites were then instructed to defeat the Amorite King of Sihon and to possess their land (This takes place after the forty years). The Lord instructed the Israelites to ask permission first to pass through their land on their way to the Jordan and to pay for food and water, but they refused. The Lord causes the King of Sihon to refuse the passage of the Israelites so that He would show is wrath against them by allowing the Israelites to attack them and take their land. They destroyed their cities and people. They kept the livestock and the plunder.
Notes: The Amorites were not related to the Israelites, so the Lord allowed them to attack and take their land. This marks the beginning of the conquest of their future lands.