-God’s pronouncement upon Moab (The descendants of Lot through an incestuous relationship [Genesis 19:30-37] lived to the east of the land of Israel south of the Dead Sea region) was for woe and destruction. They will have praise no longer; captivity and calamity are predicted (Jeremiah 48:1-2a). The sword will follow after them and there will be a great devastation and brokenness (Jeremiah 48:2b-4). The issue the LORD has with this bunch is their arrogance in trusting in themselves for their own achievements and treasures (Jeremiah 48:7). They had done the LORD’s work negligently and were now being cursed (Jeremiah 48:10). They had taken ease and not been diligent in humble service to the One-True Living God. Therefore, disaster awaits them now as a destroyer will come against them to ruin their strongholds and security (Jeremiah 48:11-20). Judgment had now come to their cities making them like a drunk man in their arrogance toward the LORD God. They will become a laughingstock (Jeremiah 48:21-26). Their pride has now brought them low. Their idle boasts will accomplish nothing. Their joy and gladness is taken away along with their fruitful field. There will no longer be shouts of joy and victory in the land. “Moab will be destroyed from being a people because he has become arrogant toward the LORD (Jeremiah 48:27-42).” Terror, pit, and snare are coming upon them by declaration of the Almighty King of the Universe (Jeremiah 48:43-44). To captivity they will go, but then in the last verse God says to He will yet restore their fortunes in the latter days (Jeremiah 48:45-47). *Application* Here is an example of becoming too cocky in your view of yourself. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5). Therefore, it is wise to humble ourselves before His mighty Hand so that in due season He may exalt us in His favor and perfect will (1 Peter 5:6).
Verse to Memorize: Jeremiah 48:42