Verse of the Week: V29 “We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.”
1. The Deceitful Shall Be Cursed (V1-25)
V10 “Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.”
The world says, “The end justifies the means” or we can do anything we want as long as we are not caught. That is why we should not be surprise when we read the newspaper or watch the news that people whom we esteem highly have fallen from grace. However, God’s ways are different from man’s ways. God says, “Curse is he that does the work of the Lord deceitfully” or whatever we do for God we must do it with honesty and integrity. God’s prophet, Jeremiah, repeatedly warned the Moabites to repent of their deceitful ways, otherwise, God shall remove their horn of honour and glory and break their arms of power and strength.
V25 “The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, saith the LORD.”
2. The Mighty Shall Be Humbled (V26-46)
V29 “We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.”
In spite of Jeremiah’s repeated warnings, the Moabites never take heed but were exceeding proud and defied God’s warnings and continued in their sins and wickedness. Eventually, God destroyed them as a nation and a people.
V42 “And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the LORD.”
3. The Humbled Shall Be Forgiven (V47)
V47 “Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the LORD. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.”
Though Moab was a proud nation and the people were arrogant, yet one day, God will forgive and restore them when they humble themselves and repent of their wickedness. God loves all the people as we are all made in His image. God’s desire is that we humble ourselves, and serve and worship Him as the true and living God.
“But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please humble me and give me grace to serve and worship You.
Verse of the Week: V6 “O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest and be still.”
1. The Philistines Could Not Escape (V1)
V1 “The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.”
The Philistines thought they would succeed in attacking and defeating the people of Judah because they were a mighty army. However, before they could even attack the people of Judah, God sent Pharaoh and his powerful Egyptian warriors to attack and defeat the Philistines in their own city in Gaza. God loved His people of Judah and Israel and He would protect and preserve them if they would live a godly and righteous life.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
2. The Egyptians Could Not Escape (V2-3)
V2 “Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.”
After their victory over the mighty Philistines, Pharaoh and his powerful Egyptian warriors thought they were invincible. However, this time, God sent the aggressive Babylonian soldiers from the north to attack and destroy them like an overflowing flood. The powerful Egyptians realized that they were not the strongest and the mightiest. Indeed, no one is invincible except the Almighty God. Man think they can build and train the most powerful and mightiest army and invent the most devastating weapon including nuclear weapons, yet the Almighty God can defeat and destroy everything that man creates including man himself.
3. The Godly Will Be Spared (V4-7)
V6 “O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest and be still.”
Only when the people live a godly life, will God’s anger or the sword of the Lord be quiet, in the scabbard, rest and be still.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to escape Your anger by living a godly life.
Verse of the Week: V28 “Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.”
1. God Rules (V1-24)
V15 “Why are thy valiant men swept away? They stood not, because the LORD did drive them.”
The people of Judah went to Egypt thinking that Egypt would protect them from the impending attack of the Babylonians. However, even the great Egyptians were no match for the Babylonians. Why? The Almighty God was behind the Babylonians in their victory over the mighty Egyptians. Let us remember that it is the most High God who rules, and gives the kingdoms to whosoever He will, and no nation or man can stop Him.
“That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will.’
2. God Punishes (V25-26)
V25 “The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him:”
Be not deceived, God is not mocked and He will punish all who rejects Him and trust in their gods of immorality, covetousness, lies and deceits.
3. God Corrects (V27-28)
V28 “Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.”
God corrected His people who trusted and believed in Him as He loved them. Today, God will also correct His people who trust and believe in Him because He loves them.
“For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, thank You for Your correction as I know I am Yours.