"'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.