Moab is Broken

“Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us.” (Source Unknown - Lou Nicholes, Missionary/Author)

Judgment
The Moabites descended from Lot (Gen. 19:20-38) They were enemies of the Jews, proud, complacent and thought their God,  Chemose would protect them (vv. 7, 46) from any enemy. Instead sorrow was to come to every Moabite home and on the streets. Moab was to no longer be a nation because of her pride and her boasting against the Lord. Because of her rebellion none would escape. Even those who would try to flee God’s terror would fall into a pit. Then any who managed to get out of the pit would be caught in a snare. God does all He can to call them to repentance before the judgment falls.

From Moab we see the result of sin and just as Jeremiah wept over the fall of Moab because their wealth is gone (v. 36). People mourn in the streets, shave their heads and wear sackcloth. All because the Lord has shattered them like a jar that no one wants (vv. 37-38). Moab lies broken in shame (v. 39) and their enemy sweeps down over their land like an Eagle (v. 40). Jeremiah says that their cities and fortresses will be captured (v. 41) and they are finished as a nation because they have opposed the Lord (v. 42).

Terror, pits and traps are awaiting the people (v. 43). If they run they will fall into a pit and if they crawl they will get caught in a trap (v. 44). Near the city of Heshbon tired refugees stand in the shadows of the flames of their burning city (v. 45). The people of Moab have worshiped Chemosh as their God and are done for as well as their children are made prisoners of a foreign country (v. 46). Someday the Lord will bring their people back home (v. 47).

Application

Moab’s results came from the way she lived. Galatians 6:7 says, “Be not deceived: God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” What am I sowing in my life that will reap good fruit? Harvest days will come.

Jeremiah 48:36-47 (English Standard Version)

"Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the men of Kir-hareseth. Therefore the riches they gained have perished. "For every head is shaved and every beard cut off. On all the hands are gashes, and around the waist is sackcloth. On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation, for I have broken Moab like a vessel for which no one cares, declares the LORD. How it is broken! How they wail! How Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab has become a derision and a horror to all that are around him." For thus says the LORD: "Behold, one shall fly swiftly like an eagle and spread his wings against Moab; the cities shall be taken and the strongholds seized. The heart of the warriors of Moab shall be in that day like the heart of a woman in her birth pains; Moab shall be destroyed and be no longer a people, because he magnified himself against the LORD. Terror, pit, and snare are before you, O inhabitant of Moab! declares the LORD. He who flees from the terror shall fall into the pit, and he who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the snare. For I will bring these things upon Moab, the year of their punishment, declares the LORD. "In the shadow of Heshbon fugitives stop without strength, for fire came out from Heshbon, flame from the house of Sihon; it has destroyed the forehead of Moab, the crown of the sons of tumult. Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh are undone, for your sons have been taken captive, and your daughters into captivity. Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in the latter days, declares the LORD." Thus far is the judgment on Moab.

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