Deuteronomy 2:1 - 3

"Then we turned back and set out toward the wilderness along the route to the Red Sea, as the Lord had directed me. For a long time we made our way around the hill country of Seir. Then the Lord said to me, 'You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north.'" NIV translation

Moses' parting words continues as he reminds the people of their wanderings in the desert. This lasted about thirty-eight years and then God had them turn to go towards the promised land.

Deuteronomy 2:4 - 6

"'Give the people these orders: "You are about to pass through the territory of your relatives the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. They will be afraid of you, but be very careful. Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own. You are to pay them in silver for the food you eat and the water you drink."'" NIV translation

As Israel headed toward their place in this world, they had to pass through an area that belonged to Esau. This land had been given to Esau by God and Israel was reminded of that fact. This reminds us, as Christians, that the first step in facing our giants is recognizing the enemy.

Although Esau had not been the one chosen by God to inherit the promises of Abraham, he had been given an inheritance. He had been a man focused on the material things of life and yet God had provided a place for him and his relatives. 

This also reminds us that it is God that sets the boundaries of the nations. In our world today, it seems that there are conflicts all around us concerning national boundaries especially in the Middle East. Unless and until man accepts the boundaries that God had prescribed, there will continue to be these struggles among men.

As the Creator of all things (including the land), God has the right to give them to whoever he chooses.