The Torah, “Numbers,” 21: 21 – 21:24: And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying: “Let me pass through thy land; we will not turn aside into field, or into vineyard; we will not drink of the water of the wells; we will go by the king’s highway, until we have passed thy border.”
And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border; but Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness, and came to Jahaz; and he fought against Israel.
And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from the Arnon unto the Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon; for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.
Many images in the Torah, among them King Sihon, embody the egoistic forces in a person, which by correcting them are transformed into characteristics of bestowal and love.
The seven nations in the land of Israel, which didn’t allow anyone to enter there, belong to these egoistic forces. In other words, our egoistic characteristics are placed before us, and it is necessary to conquer them, to kill them, meaning to correct them, to change their foundation, to put them under an intention for the sake of bestowal.
These are the strongest egoistic desires, including the children of Ammon, who exist in every person and in human desires in general.
Through their correction, the intention for the Creator appears, and then they transform into being a part of the land of Israel. Eretz (Land) is derived from the word “Ratzon” (Desire), and Israel symbolizes the direction “Straight to the Creator” (Yashar-Kel), meaning these are the desires with which the person transforms to become like the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/1/15