Lessons from Moab

The book of Isaiah outlines God’s impending judgment on Israel and its surrounding nations.  It foretells of the coming Messiah with some of the most lyrical passages in scripture:

In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together;
the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.
The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,
and a little child will lead them all.
The cow will graze near the bear.
The cub and the calf will lie down together.
The lion will eat hay like a cow.
The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra.
Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm.
Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,
for as the waters fill the sea,
so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord. – Isaiah 11:6-9

Lovely, no?

This God, who set apart Israel for Himself, sent raiders from other heathen nations in to plunder it.  All part of what He said would happen if His people engaged in idolatry. And yet, we see this passage in the prediction of Moab’s fate: My heart weeps for Moab…- Isaiah 15:5

Remember Moab’s origins from Genesis.  Fire and brimstone rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah.  Only Lot and his two daughters escaped, with the help of some angels.  Genesis 19 recalls their escape and the aftermath.  Thinking themselves all alone in the world, the sisters cook up a plan to keep the human race afloat.  They got their father Lot drunk and slept with him. Probably not the best plan, in hindsight.

As a result, both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their own father. When the older daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Moab. He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Moabites. When the younger daughter gave birth to a son, she named him Ben-ammi. He became the ancestor of the nation now known as the Ammonites. – Genesis 19:36-38

God’s sadness over Moab got to me. The sons that sprang from Lot’s incestuous trysts with his daughters became nations in their own right.  And God loved – loves – even them. They came from Abraham’s family, the blessed line.  God cared about those peoples, even though they didn’t worship Him. He chastens us because He loves us.  Simple as that. He’s still doing it today.


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