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)


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