Deuteronomy I found to be an extremely emotional and moving book, looking at how far the Israelites have come since leaving Horeb, reiterating and reinforcing the law, and ending with Moses’ death.
It consists of a number of heartfelt speeches given to the Israelites by Moses, and it gives some insight into some things I found quite interesting.
In Deuteronomy 2, Moses explains why the Israelites were not to attack people of many of the lands they passed through and why they were to pay for everything they were provided with while they were in those lands.
In 2:4-6, the Israelites are not to provoke the people living in Seir, the Edomites as they pass through, because they are the descendants of Esau, the brother of Israel, and God provided them with that country as their own.
Further on in 2:9 as the Israelites passed Moab, the Lord told them not to harass or provoke the moabites as he had given the land their to the descendants of Lot. Again in verse 19, the Israelites are told not to harass or provoke the Ammonites as they are also descendants of Lot and God provided them with that land.
I find it quite interesting, to note where the locations of these people are and how, at this point their behaviour towards each other is still as relatives, yet later on, after the Israelites reach Canaan, they are constantly fighting with each other. Under David, the Israelites conquer Edom, Moab and Ammon, but after the split in rule between the North and South kingdoms of Israel, control is lost over these countries, resulting in numerous problems for both the Northern and Southern kingdoms with wars breaking out frequently. I’m going off on a tangent now though, but I really find looking at all these things quite interesting and joining together pieces of history.