Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 19, 2017

“Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 48.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+48&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Concerning Moab. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel,

“Woe to Nebo, for it has been destroyed;
Kiriathaim has been put to shame, it has been captured;
The lofty stronghold has been put to shame and shattered.

“For because of your trust in your own achievements and treasures,
Even you yourself will be captured;
And Chemosh will go off into exile
Together with his priests and his princes.

14 “How can you say, ‘We are mighty warriors,
And men valiant for battle’?
15 “Moab has been destroyed and men have gone up to his cities;
His choicest young men have also gone down to the slaughter,”
Declares the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.
16 “The disaster of Moab will soon come,
And his calamity has swiftly hastened.

17 “Mourn for him, all you who live around him,
Even all of you who know his name;
Say, ‘How has the mighty scepter been broken,
A staff of splendor!’
18 “Come down from your glory
And sit on the parched ground,
O daughter dwelling in Dibon,
For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you,
He has ruined your strongholds.

20 “Moab has been put to shame, for it has been shattered.
Wail and cry out;
Declare by the Arnon
That Moab has been destroyed.

29 “We have heard of the pride of Moab—he is very proud—
Of his haughtiness, his pride, his arrogance and his self-exaltation.
30 “I know his fury,” declares the Lord,
“But it is futile;
His idle boasts have accomplished nothing.

35 I will make an end of Moab,” declares the Lord, “the one who offers sacrifice on the high place and the one who burns incense to his gods.

38 On all the housetops of Moab and in its streets there is lamentation everywhere;  for I have broken Moab like an undesirable vessel,” declares the Lord.  39 “How shattered it is!  How they have wailed! How Moab has turned his back—he is ashamed!  So Moab will become a laughingstock and an object of terror to all around him.”

42 “Moab will be destroyed from being a people
Because he has become arrogant toward the Lord.

46 “Woe to you, Moab!
The people of Chemosh have perished;
For your sons have been taken away captive
And your daughters into captivity.
47 “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab
In the latter days,” declares the Lord.

Thus far the judgment on Moab.”  Jeremiah 48: Verses 1, 7, 14-18, 20, 29-30, 35, 38-39, 42, and 46-47.

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We sit up straight and pay close attention to the reasons disclosed by the LORD as to why He will bring such destruction and devastation to Moab.

We see Moab’s trust in their own achievements and treasures.  Verse 7.

“We have heard of the pride of Moab—he is very proud—
Of his haughtiness, his pride, his arrogance and his self-exaltation.”  Verse 29.

We smell the incense that Moab burned to worship other gods.  Verse 35.

But, despite this prophecy of destruction, and justification for it, there is hope.

“Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab
In the latter days,” declares the Lord.

Thus far the judgment on Moab.”  Verse 47.

Thus says the Lord concerning all My wicked neighbors who strike at the inheritance with which I have endowed My people Israel, “Behold I am about to uproot them from their land and will uproot the house of Judah from among them.  And it will come about that after I have uprooted them, I will again have compassion on them;  and I will bring them back, each one to his inheritance and each one to his land.  Then if they will really learn the ways of My people, to swear by My name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ even as they taught My people to swear by Baal, they will be built up in the midst of My people.  But if they will not listen, then I will uproot that nation, uproot and destroy it,” declares the Lord.”  Verses 14-17.

In other words, there is hope for Moab and other nations if they trust in the LORD.

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”  Psalm 2:10-12.

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