Pastoral Commentary for Deuteronomy 2
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
The rivalry between Jacob and Esau went all the way back to the moment of their birth. Esau (also known as Edom which means "red") felt he had been cheated out of his birthright, although he sold it to Jacob for a pot of red stew. God told Moses to travel carefully through Edom's territory in the hills of Seir because of the ill will between the descendants of these twin brothers. The LORD told Moses He would not give any of Edom's land to Israel, and He said the same for the territory of the Moabites and Ammonites (descendants of Abraham's nephew Lot). Instead, God told Moses to engage Sihon, King of the Amorites in battle. Moses first offered peace, but when Sihon refused the Amorites were destroyed. Thus, God through Israel proved faithful to the descendants of Esau and Lot, but punished the Amorites for their wickedness. To this day, God works through nations to exact judgment or to help and bless people in need. He truly is King of kings and Lord of lords.