(47 verses, 3:58 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The Moabites
MARK & LEARN
- Learn first a bit about the Moabites. They were descendants of Lot, lived east of the Dead Sea and were often in conflict with Israel. They attacked Israel with others at times and one time attacked Babylon with Israel. They disappeared as a nation after they were conquered by Nebuchadnezzar.
- 1-10: From this section, we learn that there is renown for Moab. They were famous, perhaps especially for their treasures (vs. 7) that they trusted in. They were a materialistic culture.
- 11-19: Using the picture of settled and rested wine, Jeremiah prophecies that the rest Moab had experienced, by not being exiled, will end. The wine will be poured out and the jar broken in pieces (vs. 12). They thought they were powerful, but they will no longer trust in their heroic might (vs. 14). They will be ashamed of their god in whom they trust, Chemosh (13).
- 20-28: Jeremiah proclaims that their destruction should be told at the perennial river that flowed into the Dead Sea, the Arnon. Because the Moabites held Israel in derision (27), mocked them, and showed contempt for them, the Lord will pour out His wrath upon them and they will be made to drink it so much, they will be drunk on it (26).
- 29-39: Here Jeremiah strikes the key of the sin of pride over and over again. 6 times alone in vs. 29, in fact. pride, proud, loftiness, pride, arrogance, and haughtiness. The Christian is called to boast in the Lord and in the cross of Christ and even in their very own weakness, because all other boasts, like the Moabites, are false (30). They will end in lamenting, all gladness and joy taken away.
- 40-47: After continuing the denunciation and prophecy of destruction, the reading ends with a promise, “47 Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in the latter days, declares the Lord.” There is nearly always a remnant who repented and is promised amazing things in the resurrection. Whose the most famous Moabite who had faith in the God of Israel and believed the promises of the Messiah? Your favorite and my favorite, Ruth the Moabite (Ruth 1:2; 2:2, etc).
- Lord, help me to always see that it is Your strange work to bring judgment, but it is always Your proper desire for all to repent and receive Your grace. Help me to repent in my trust of mammon and all other gods that I will ultimately be ashamed in. Grant me faith that clings to You, boasts in my weakness, and boasts in the cross of Christ, so that I will not be put to shame. Amen.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC