Proclamation Against Moab

We begin our Christian life in God’s grace, and then quickly abandon grace, and try to live our life, and almost to continue to earn our salvation, - by what we do, by our works. Author Jerry Bridges puts it like this: “We tend to give an unbeliever just enough of the … More

Judgment

This chapter opens with a historic reminder of the fall of Ar, the capital of Moab and their chief fortress (v. 1). For centuries, Moab, located east of the Dead Sea, had been an enemy of Israel. The Moabites were the product of Lot’s incestuous union with his daughter (Gen. 19:30-38).

As this chapter unfolds, it reveals how the prophet weeps over the coming Assyrian invasion. A list of Moabites cities are given that will be over-run by the Assyrian army (vv. 2-4). The prediction states that it will fall in the night and Isaiah’s heart was broken by Moab’s distress. Zoar (v. 5) was the city that was often resorted to by the fleeing Moabites. This was one of the cities to which Lot attempted to flee (Gen. 19:23). The people fled to their temples and prayed to their gods, but to no avail. Even a day of national mourning did not stop Assyria from invading Moab and ravaging the land. The advancing armies stopped at the springs and waterways and left them in desolation (vv 6-7). The wailing extended to Eglaim and Beer Elim, sites presently unknown, but perhaps near Moab’s southern border (v. 8). Where there was water in Moab, it was stained with blood (v. 9). Yet in spite of all of this, a remnant was still to be left in the land.

Application

God used His prophets in their day to warn the people of coming judgment. Today I can read His word and see the parallel of our day and realize that some day, in the future, judgment is coming to our country. I need to be doing all that I can to share His word with others.

Isaiah 15:1-9 (English Standard Version)

An oracle concerning Moab. Because Ar of Moab is laid waste in a night, Moab is undone; because Kir of Moab is laid waste in a night, Moab is undone. He has gone up to the temple, and to Dibon, to the high places to weep; over Nebo and over Medeba Moab wails. On every head is baldness; every beard is shorn; in the streets they wear sackcloth; on the housetops and in the squares everyone wails and melts in tears. Heshbon and Elealeh cry out; their voice is heard as far as Jahaz; therefore the armed men of Moab cry aloud; his soul trembles. My heart cries out for Moab; her fugitives flee to Zoar, to Eglath-shelishiyah. For at the ascent of Luhith they go up weeping; on the road to Horonaim they raise a cry of destruction; the waters of Nimrim are a desolation; the grass is withered, the vegetation fails, the greenery is no more. Therefore the abundance they have gained and what they have laid up they carry away over the Brook of the Willows. For a cry has gone around the land of Moab; her wailing reaches to Eglaim; her wailing reaches to Beer-elim. For the waters of Dibon are full of blood; for I will bring upon Dibon even more, a lion for those of Moab who escape, for the remnant of the land.

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