Jeremiah 48 Commentary
Verse 7: Moab’s god Chemosh will go into exile just like Israel’s golden-calf god at Bethel went into exile. The same rule is applied globally. For trusting in her own strength, for being very proud, and for the sin of rebellion, Moab will be destroyed.
Verse 11 gives us the picture of a secure nation – always secure; never went into exile. Israel, on the other hand, has had her full share of scatterings. The chapter hasn’t given us direct reasons for Moab’s stability despite her worship of the pagan god Chemosh.
The LORD disciplines the children He loves. We should be very worried when there is silence from Heaven.
The LORD’s judgment brings shame to the nation. It draws ridicule from other nations. Moab’s children cry. There is distress.
Today’s powerful nations send bombs and fighter jets far away from their own homes. They enjoy the sight of distress away from home. But the LORD brings it right back into the home. Children cry and the wealth of the rich is swept away. The nation lies destroyed. It is the work of the King, named the LORD, God Almighty. Forget the excellent defenses of your own army. This battle is for the LORD!
It has nothing to do with failed diplomacy. Stop explaining things. When humanity sidelines the Creator God, when there is rebellion and pride, the LORD moves in to judge the nations. Ask Israel.
Purposed economic stability, imagined security of wealth, and presumed silence of Heaven can be a killer punch. Like Moab, when we think we are secure and praise the gods of wealth and military capability, the gods of wisdom and wealth; that should be the moment for maximum worry.
Chapter 48 closes rather too fast considering the fact that verse 47 seems to introduce another phase for Moab – a phase of restoration. The scripture hasn’t given us the details but it’s not an impossible ask. If rebellion has brought trouble to the nation, then obedience will result in restoration. Submission under the rule of the King instead of pride will bring about real prosperity – something represented by the longevity of Moab’s stability.
Moab represents the sinner’s position. The LORD has spoken of restoration but it only comes with the rule of the King, the Creator God. It follows obedience and not rebellion; humility of the heart and not pride; trust in the LORD God and not in your own strength.
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