Nov 17, 2019
In yesterday’s episode, we saw what happens when the people of God attempt to do the will of God, but in disobedience to His ways. It never works out well. He will not accompany those who refuse to do His will. He will not fight on behalf of those who choose to do things their own way and against His wishes. But now, God gives the next generation of Israelites another history lesson designed to show them how God had been with them all the way, ever since the days of Abraham. He will bring up the descendants of Esau and Lot, two groups of distant relatives, who were living near the land of Canaan. The Israelites were going to have to pass through the lands belonging to the Edomites (descendants of Esau), and the Moabites (descendants of Lot). The very existence of these two nations was tied to events that had happened long before the Israelites had ever arrived in Canaan. And yet, God, in His sovereignty, had pre-ordained that these two nations would be ready to assist the Israelites when the time came. God had been with the Israelites ever since the beginning, even before the people in Moses’ audience had been born.