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Israel had enough issues. So as they approached Edom, they just wanted a nice quiet journey through. They would be respectful, stay on the road and simply move on to the next spot.  Sadly, however, The King of Edom was not having any of it.  Not only did he refuse Israel’s kind request, but he gathered up his army and was ready to attack.  It was quite a shock to Moses and the Israelite people.  But, What that selfish refusal would cause in later years would be the end of the Edomites.
 
God looks at His people and does keep track of how they are treated. When a nation opposes Israel, they oppose God.  It is critical to note, No one has opposed God and won.  NOBODY! God would long remember the acts of the Edomite king.  Through the ages, many have opposed Israel and all have eventually regretted it. We have to trust and honor God.  We also must recognize He cares for His own.  That being the case, we can rest assured he also cares for us. We can trust him to guide us, provide for us, and protect us; no matter the enemy or circumstance.  We may not always see the immediate affect of God’s hand; but, we can rest assured He will prevail.
 
God Bless You

Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, saying:

“This is what your brother Israel says: You know about all the hardships that have come on us. 15 Our ancestors went down into Egypt, and we lived there many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our ancestors, 16 but when we cried out to the Lord, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt.

“Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory. 17 Please let us pass through your country. We will not go through any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway and not turn to the right or to the left until we have passed through your territory.”

18 But Edom answered:

“You may not pass through here; if you try, we will march out and attack you with the sword.”

19 The Israelites replied:

“We will go along the main road, and if we or our livestock drink any of your water, we will pay for it. We only want to pass through on foot—nothing else.”

20 Again they answered:

“You may not pass through.”

Then Edom came out against them with a large and powerful army. 21 Since Edom refused to let them go through their territory, Israel turned away from them.