Israel’s three great enemies: The Moabites, Ammonites and Edomites. Where did they come from?


  • Remember Abraham? He begot Isaac who begot Jacob and Esau. Abraham had a cousin called Lot, who had gone to live in the perverse and evil land of Sodom and Gomorrah, wherein his daughters had been corrupted. After the destruction, Lot lived in a cave with his daughters. To supposedly preserve their father’s lineage since they couldn’t find men to sleep with, these girls slept with their father and begot two sons – Moab (father of the Moabites) and Ben-Ammi (father of the Ammonites). Genesis 19:30-38.
  • Additionally, the Ammonites and the Moabites hired Balaam to curse Israel as it journeyed toward the Promised Land and were thus forbidden to enter the Lord’s assembly (Deut. 23:3–4).
  • The Edomites were descendants of Esau. The annoying Amalekites were also descendants of one of Esau’s sons, Amalek. Basically, Isaac had two sons, Jacob and Esau. Jacob, who was also called Israel by God, gave birth to the 12 boys who were fathers of the 12 tribes of Israel. From the lineage of Jacob’s brother, Esau, came the Edomites who became a thorn in the side of the Israelites. Did you know that King Herod who ordered the soldiers to go raid Bethlehem in search of Jesus and killed all the young male kids was an Edomite?! 💡
  • Anyways, these three tribes – Moabites, Ammonites and Edomites – are mentioned repeatedly, often as a duo or triumvate, in different attacks on the Israelites. 
  • What’s also interesting is that these enemies descended from marriage relations that were against God’s instructions! Esau married pagan women, including Ishmael’s daughter (Genesis 26:34; 28:9). Remember Ishmael was Abraham’s son from Sarah’s helper, and is father of the muslims. Lot’s wife was likely from Sodom & Gomorrah, as nothing was mentioned about her when Lot split from Abraham or when Abraham rescued him from captivity. The people of Sodom & Gomorrah, as we know, were exceedingly wicked and morally depraved people, and Lot’s wife who bore him the deceitful daughters, was so entangled in the corruption and lusts of the land that she looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. 😒

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