After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, Moses speaks to the new generation of Israelites. He reminds them of the time they asked for spies to spy out the promised land and how the people listened to the bad report from the 10 spies and didn’t take the land. Moses tells them the consequence was that only Joshua and Caleb, the faithful spies, would enter the land from that generation but “…your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall posses it.”
Moses also reminds them how He has been faithful to them. “These forty years the Lord your God has been with you: you have lacked nothing.” Moses recounts how God told the Israelites not to harass Esau’s descendants (Jacob’s brother) or Lot’s descendants (Abraham’s nephew). God destroyed the enemies of Esau, Moab and Ammon (Moab and Ammon are from Lot and his daughters) and gave them land. Next Moses reminds Israel of the victories He gave them over the king of Sihon and the king of Og. Basically, what Moses is saying is, if the Lord has defeated the enemies of Esau, Moab and Ammon and given them their land how much more will He do for you. Matter of fact, God has already defeated 2 major enemies and gave their land to Reuben, Gad and 1/2 the tribe of Manasseh so you can trust Him with the remaining conquest.
We will see further into the Story that there will be tension between the Israelites and their three neighbors; Edom, Moab and Ammon. God will use these nations to discipline Israel but later He will pronounce judgment against them for so eagerly attacking the children of Israel. This highlights the Lord’s sovereignty over His people and their enemies. God is in control of it all! Tomorrow Moses restates the law to the new generation so keep reading!