Deuteronomy 2:34-37 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 2:34 At that time we captured all his cities and completely destroyed the people of every city, including the women and children. We left no survivors.
Deuteronomy 2:36 There was no city that was inaccessible to us, from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Valley, along with the city in the valley, even as far as Gilead. Yahveh our God gave everything to us.
Deuteronomy 2:37 But you did not go near the Ammonites’ land, all along the bank of the Jabbok River, the cities of the hill country, or any place about which Yahveh our God had commanded.
his campaign, his limits
The victory over Sihon’s cities was a demonstration of success, including the fact that the Israelites were careful not to overstep the boundaries that God had set. That showed faith in God to give them victory, and respect for the limits God had set for the campaign.
When we want to reach people with the gospel, perhaps we need to first spend time praying over where the Lord wants to send us. Let him set the limits for us, determining which target groups we should be seeking to reach.
Lord, teach us how to discipline ourselves so that we are attempting the missions you want us to be involved in.