Vs. 1, “Concerning the Ammonites: This is what the Lord says: “Has Israel no sons? Has she no heirs? Why then has Molech a taken possession of Gad? Why do his people live in its towns.” This was a long chapter, huh? Now, we continue to see the consequences God would put upon the other nations surrounding Israel. Remember that the Edomites and the Ammonites are descandants of Lot (Abraham’s nephew from Ur). Ammon and Edom both had history of turning to other God’s and invading Israel…especially after the Northern Kingdom was taken by the Assyrians. Additional people’s would also be judged…Damascus (Syrai), Kedar & Hazor (Arabians), and the Elamites (Persians).
Regarding application...Cup of Consequences. Vs. 12, “This is what the Lord says: “If those who do not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, why should you go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must drink it.” Hmmm…It’s never easy to read the consequences of those who have turned away from God. Of course, we read of such things because God is communicating to us that we must double-check ourselves. Are we going down the road of Pride? The picture of “cup” is considered God’s wrath. Yet, again…we see that even those these nations would receive punishment by God…The Lord’s grace in the end would be upon them (vs. 6, 39). “Just say No” like the Recabites (Jer. 35) and put God first in your life! Have a blessed Saturday and go to church tomorrow wherever you live