Vs. 42, “Moab will be destroyed as a nation because she defied the Lord.” Question: Who were the people from Moab? They were the descandants of Lot (Abraham’s nephew) and would eventually become enemies of the Jews. When the Babylonians attacked Israel, Moab stopped their dispute with Israel. However, because of their pride…The Babylnonians also attacked them. They thought that their pagan god would rescue them. It’s notable that Jeremiah felt sorrow for the Moabites as well (vs. 31).
Regarding application…Future Hope. Vs. 47, “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come,” declares the Lord. Here ends the judgment on Moab.” Question: How will this happen? Remember that Jeremiah is a prophet and here he was prophecying of a time when they not only would return to their land in 538 B.C. One day Jesus would reign and bring the Moabites and all Gentiles a hope through the cross! The storyline is familiar: Once in God’s favor, sinned, became prideful, judged others, experience hopelessness, but one day restored! That’s God’s redemptive work illustrated once again! Of course, God does this for all of us! So if you are feeling hopeless…don’t give up!