Moses sent peaceful messengers to Sihon, the king of the Amorites, asking for a permission to pass through their land on their way to the Promised Land. Sihon didn’t allow them and dared to gather his people and go to war against the Israelites. The Israelites won the war and took over their land.
Immediately after, another powerful king, Og, the king of Bashan came out to fight the Israelites but their end was the same as Amorites’. Og was a giant that only Moses could kill him with the help of God.
The above story is in Numbers 21.
In Deuteronomy 2 Moses repeats the story of Sihon and Og to remind the Israelites that God gave them the power to overcome two powerful nations:
“וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, אַל-תִּירָא אֹתוֹ–כִּי בְיָדְךָ נָתַתִּי אֹתוֹ וְאֶת-כָּל-עַמּוֹ, וְאֶת-אַרְצוֹ; וְעָשִׂיתָ לּוֹ–כַּאֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתָ לְסִיחֹן מֶלֶךְ הָאֱמֹרִי, אֲשֶׁר יוֹשֵׁב בְּחֶשְׁבּוֹן”
“But YHVH said to Moses: “Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people, and his land. And you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.”
This story is found in the portion of Chukat. The portion of Balak that follows Chukat tells us the story of failure of the Israelites. If it wasn’t for Pinchas, they would have lost the God’s support.
Read the stories and the portion of Balak. In the next DZ I will explain why God supported us against mighty enemies but not against the Midianaite women that caused the death of twenty four thousand people.