About this time happened the defeat of Sihon and Og. Moses thus narrated the matter to the people in his discourse.
Nothing could be more fair or friendly than this request, and Sihon had good evidence that Israel would act in good faith, for though some of the Edomites and Moabites had refused the nation a passage, yet others had granted it, and had suffered no injury, therefore Sihon might have rested sure that Israel would do him no harm.
When men are mad with sin they only need leaving to themselves, and they are hardened at once, and being hardened they become their own executioners.
God thus swept away guilty nations, whose sins he could no longer endure. How gracious is he to our sinful isle!
Deuteronomy 2:36, 37
If we advance only where God bids us, and forbear where he gives us no leave, our course will be full of prosperity.
One battle over, another begins. Blessed be God, the power which overthrew Sihon, is quite able to cope with Og also.
Former mercies are types of coming favours. He who helped us yesterday is the same to-day and for ever.
Thus shall God’s chosen go from victory to victory. Sin, death, and hell, shall fly before us. None shall be able to resist the divine power which girds us for the battle. Where the Lord leads the van, the enemy’s rout is certain and complete.
Jesu’s tremendous name
Puts all our foes to flight:
Jesus, the meek, the angry Lamb,
A Lion is in fight.
By all hell’s host withstood;
We all hell’s host o’erthrow;
And conquering them, through Jesu’s blood
We still to conquer go.