Deuteronomy Chapters 2-3
God is involved in the affairs of all humans. It’s easy for us to think that we are the only ones who experience the good hand of God
land is a gift delivered by God Himself
no one can stop the plan of God.
He is wanting to give this people, this generation, an experience of His power and might that they would never forget.
He’s telling the Amorite king, Sihon, “We don’t want your territory. Our territory is on the other side. Don’t worry about us.” “But Sihon the king of Heshbon would not let us pass by”—and now you have the explanation (verse 30)—“for the LORD your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that he might give him into your hand, as he is this day.” Now, of course, this we remember. This is exactly what the Lord had done to Pharaoh; He had hardened his heart. In this instance too there is a revelatory purpose to the hardening of Sihon’s heart: that the world may know who Yahweh is and that Israel is His people.
“From Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, from the city that is in the valley, as far as Gilead, there was not a city too high for us.” Of course, now we need to remember the complaint of the previous generations: “They have got cities with towers high into the heavens.” But “the LORD our God gave all into our hands”—notice where the credit goes; the Lord gives victory.
God will not let Moses get away with passing the buck. If Moses doesn’t go into the land, it’s entirely his own fault. Moses sinned
Is it the people’s fault? And the answer is yes, in a sense, it is. If the Israelites had entered the land from Kadesh-barnea when they were supposed to, the event that proved Moses’ own undoing would never have happened.
in some sense Moses was bearing more of the suffering of his people than was his personal due. He was not himself an innocent victim. But he suffered “because of” the people’s sin—a sin that he had not directly shared, yet that had somehow induced his own failure. He entered into the suffering of his people and of the God of his people in a way that, like so much else in his life, foreshadowed that future servant of Yahweh who would indeed offer a blameless life for the sins of us all