January 31, 2019: Here Ends the Judgment

 

Jeremiah 48:46-47 (NIV)
46  Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity.
47  “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come,” declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab.

 

Moab was an enemy of God’s people.  They were constantly a thorn in Israel’s side.  They lived to make life difficult for God’s people.  They were a formidable nation that thought much of themselves.  That is until the day of God’s judgment fell.

No one in the land of Moab was boasting in that day.  Everyone was running looking for any sort of cover to hide from the onslaught of God’s terrible judgment.  With judgment falling all around her, surely the people understood what was happening.  They saw their sin for what it really was, rebellion against the only God of the universe and now they had to face the consequence of their rebellion, the certain judgment of God that could no longer be avoided.

Many who read of these judgments in Jeremiah accuse God of being harsh and uncaring but they never read far enough.  As it is with most people, whenever they encounter news of God’s judgment, they turn and run, accusing God of being unfair or unjust.  They never stay around long enough to hear the end of the story.

Listen now to the end of the story of the judgment that fell on Moab.  “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come,” declares the Lord.

God always has his best in mind for those who follow him all the way to the end.  Stay on target, follow Him.

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