Today you should read: Jeremiah 48
OK, here’s a brief summary of this long chapter of Jeremiah:
“I will make an end of Moab, declares the Lord.”—Jeremiah 48:35a
Here is a brief background of this chapter. During the height of Israel, Moab was conquered by Israel and ruled it. The Moabites later rebelled against Israel’s rule over them and gained independence. In later years, approaching the time of Jeremiah, Israel and Moab fought several times, and Moab joined with Babylon against Judah. Now Jeremiah speaks this prophecy against Moab.
Various verses in this chapter give us a glimpse into the hearts and minds of the Moabites. Let’s check them out and let’s see what insights we can gather from them and what application we can make for our own lives.
“For because of your trust in your own achievements and treasures, even you yourself will be captured;”—Jeremiah 48:7a
“Make him drunk, for he has become arrogant toward the LORD;”—Jeremiah 48:26a
“We have heard of the pride of Moab– he is very proud– Of his haughtiness, his pride, his arrogance and his self-exaltation.”—Jeremiah 48:29
“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.”—Jeremiah 48:35
It’s easy to see that the Moabites put their trust in their own abilities and treasures. They had become arrogant towards the Lord. Pride and haughtiness characterized them. They were idolaters. What was the result of all of their sin? Destruction.
So, what instruction and application can we make for our lives from this chapter as we learn from the example of the Moabites?
1. Do not trust in your own achievements or treasures. Instead, trust in the One who allows us to achieve and gives us treasures.
2. Do not become arrogant towards the Lord. Instead, humbly submit to Him as Lord of your life, recognizing that He is all-powerful and deserves to have control of every aspect of your being.
3. Do not be prideful and haughty or exalt yourself. Instead, recognize and admit your lack of ability to do or accomplish anything unless the Lord allows it to happen.
4. Do not give yourself to idols. Instead, acknowledge Christ as the only God. Be unwilling to submit yourself to another “god.” Confess as sin any other gods that you have in your life.
The consequences of sin are always death and destruction. Let’s learn from the examples in the Scriptures, and particularly from the example of the Moabites in Jeremiah 48. Let these examples point you towards Christ. Without Christ, we’d all be doomed to an eternity separated from God. Our end would be destruction.
Posted by: Richard Duffield