What Happens to Those Who Burn Incense to The Gods of Moab

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Pride
Moab who had once treated Israel as one caught among thieves (v. 27) was now forced to abandon her towns and dwell among the rocks to hide from the invader who sought her life (v. 28). Moab would now experience scorn, ridicule and calamity. Her past history of peace and physical security had made her proud and now all the past security comes to an end. Surrounding nations observe the just punishment of Moab for the sin of magnifying herself against a Holy God. Moab was condemned for its pride (v. 29). God cannot tolerate pride because pride is taking personal credit for what God has done or looking down to others. God does not condemn taking satisfaction for a job well done but He stands against over estimating our own importance (Rom. 12:3). Bragging will never save you (v. 30). God’s compassion reaches to all creation, even to his enemies (v. 31). 

After Jeremiah hears of the judgment of God on Moab he laments and weeps, even as he describes her sad desolation (v. 32). Joy and gladness are gone from this once fruitful land (v. 33). There is shouting but not that of joy. Instead the awful cries of terror and pain rise from all over the land (v. 34).. The wealth that Moab had acquired was gone and the land would be in ruin. Unfortunately her arrogance and boasting could do nothing to prevent her destruction. The Lord says he will put a stop to Moab’s worshiping false god’s and burning incense to idols (v. 35).

Application

Moab was condemned for her pride. Pride involves taking personal credit for what God has done or looking down on others. God does not condemn me for taking satisfaction in what I do (Ecclesiastes 3:22), but He stands against false pride, the overestimating of my own importance. 

Jeremiah 48:27-35 (English Standard Version)

Was not Israel a derision to you? Was he found among thieves, that whenever you spoke of him you wagged your head? "Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock, O inhabitants of Moab! Be like the dove that nests in the sides of the mouth of a gorge. We have heard of the pride of Moab-- he is very proud-- of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart. I know his insolence, declares the LORD; his boasts are false, his deeds are false. Therefore I wail for Moab; I cry out for all Moab; for the men of Kir-hareseth I mourn. More than for Jazer I weep for you, O vine of Sibmah! Your branches passed over the sea, reached to the Sea of Jazer; on your summer fruits and your grapes the destroyer has fallen. Gladness and joy have been taken away from the fruitful land of Moab; I have made the wine cease from the winepresses; no one treads them with shouts of joy; the shouting is not the shout of joy. "From the outcry at Heshbon even to Elealeh, as far as Jahaz they utter their voice, from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. For the waters of Nimrim also have become desolate. And I will bring to an end in Moab, declares the LORD, him who offers sacrifice in the high place and makes offerings to his god."

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