While God Had not allowed Israel to take possession of the promised land, Make no mistake–He was still with them. Israel, the nomadic people, were just minding their own business and kindly asked to walk through the Amorite lands. They were respectful, promised not to steal or destroy anything as they passed. But, Sihon the King, said no! Not only did he say no, but, he decided to attack the Israelites and give them a lesson…or so he thought. Turns out, that was the last poor choice Sihon would make.
Israel routed the Amorites. They wiped them out, killed the King and took over the land. God delivered the enemies, their King and their lands over to His people. God was not fooling around. The people that lived in the land were going to know that Israel was a protected people. If they would simply follow God, they would be untouchable. Israel was always polite and unassuming–but, mess with them, and it would cost you everything.
That is how much God loves his own. He will discipline them for a lack of faith and trust–but, He will protect them from all enemies. The enemies will soon realize they are not facing the people, they are facing the great I AM! Bible history makes it clear–that is a fight you do not want to start. So, in our time and in this world–we need simply to trust God and follow Him closely. As we do, the Lord will guide and protect us. He will deliver into our hands more than we could have ever hoped for. It is always better to allow God to be God–He does it so much better than we do–if you don’t believe me, just ask Sihon, former king of the Amorites!!!
God Bless You
Israel sent messengers to say to Sihon king of the Amorites:
22 “Let us pass through your country. We will not turn aside into any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.”
23 But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his territory. He mustered his entire army and marched out into the wilderness against Israel. When he reached Jahaz, he fought with Israel.24 Israel, however, put him to the sword and took over his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok,but only as far as the Ammonites, because their border was fortified. 25 Israel captured all the cities of the Amorites and occupied them, including Heshbon and all its surrounding settlements. 26 Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken from him all his land as far as the Arnon…
So Israel settled in the land of the Amorites.
32 After Moses had sent spies to Jazer, the Israelites captured its surrounding settlements and drove out the Amorites who were there. 33 Then they turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan and his whole army marched out to meet them in battle at Edrei.
34 The Lord said to Moses, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”
35 So they struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army, leaving them no survivors. And they took possession of his land