Sunday, December 2, 2018

Jeremiah 48

Today's reading in our daily plan is Jeremiah 48. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The Moabites were descendants of Lot through an incestuous relationship with one of his daughters (see Genesis 19:30-37). They led Israel to worship false gods (this practice is called “idolatry”) and the Moabites also joined the Babylonians in attacking Judah.
  • Today’s chapter is a message from God to the Moabites about the punishment they will receive. Multiple cities in the land of Moab are listed illustrating the total destruction that is going to befall the country.
  • The main god of the nation of Moab was Chemosh and child sacrifice was an important part of his worship. God promised that Moab would be shattered and ashamed that Chemosh would not be able to save them (see verse 12-13).
  • Another fault of Moab was its pride (see verse 29) and God declared that because of Moab’s arrogance, they would be destroyed.
  • God also calls out Moab for their idolatry in verse 35 and tells how every Moabite will be touched by the ruin which is about to befall them.
  • The last verse however shows God’s mercy as he promises to eventually restore the fortunes of Moab (see verse 47).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Although this passage is filled with the terror and pain that would befall Moab, we also see that God cries in compassion even for his enemies (see verses 31 & 36). God is both loving and just. He delivers consequences to the choices that people make but it does not mean that he stops loving them; his heart is filled with tenderness and mercy for all of his creations.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Pride is something that everyone struggles with to one degree or another. Pride can be taking personal credit for what God has done or it can take the form of looking down on others. God wants us to take satisfaction in what we do, but he stands against overestimates of our own importance. Do you give credit and thanks to God for your achievements? He gave you the talents that allowed you to succeed (maybe you have amazing athletic ability, a way with numbers, or the capacity to understand mechanics).
  • Today, read Romans 12:3 and ask God to help you see yourself clearly. Thank him for the strengths he created in you and ask for wisdom to recognize the parts of your life where you need to grow and mature.