Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 02:26 – 02:28: So I sent messengers from the desert of Kedemoth to Sihon, king of Heshbon, with words of peace, saying, “Allow me to pass through your land: I will go along by the highway, I will turn neither to the right nor to the left.” You shall sell me food for money, that I may eat; and give to me water for money, that I may drink; I will only pass through by my feet.”
Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 02:30: But Sihon, king of Heshbon, did not wish to let us pass by him, for the Lord your God caused his spirit to be hardened and his heart to be obstinate, in order that He would give him into your hand, as this day.
In fact, we see this in our world too when we want to avoid various problems, collisions, and encumbrances in life, but it doesn’t work, and it won’t work until we begin to follow the instructions of the Torah strictly.
The complete correction of egoism to love and bestowal is required, meaning the maximum movement in connection with each other where all degrees of the ladder of spiritual ascent are revealed gradually until the complete unification of all nations—in other words, all parts of universal egoism into one single unit. Then, the system will be filled with Light.
Question: Despite the fact that the people of Israel said, “I will go along by the highway” and that they would pay, King Sihon wouldn’t agree to let them pass.
Answer: He wouldn’t agree purposely because egoism (the nations of the world) clearly performs its function because it was programmed by the Creator this way, and the people of Israel are the only part of the common egoism in creation that have freedom of choice. In this case they are inclined to use it in order to escape, and here they are taught that they will be punished twice for escaping because they are obliged to conquer egoism and in much worse conditions.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/3/16