Jeremiah 48:29-30a

Jeremiah 48:29-30a

29 “We have heard of Moab’s pride—how great is her arrogance!—of her insolence, her pride,
her conceit and the haughtiness of her heart.
30a I know her insolence but it is futile,” declares the Lord.

Looking at verse twenty-nine above, we see the insolence, pride, conceit, and haughtiness of the people of Moab originates in their hearts. The Lord is clearly not pleased and destruction is coming. However, again like a loving parent He is not pleased with what has to be done as His heart laments for Moab.

35 In Moab I will put an end to those who make offerings on the high places and burn incense to their gods,”
declares the Lord.
36 “So my heart laments for Moab like the music of a pipe; it laments like a pipe for the people of Kir Hareseth.
The wealth they acquired is gone.
37 Every head is shaved and every beard cut off; every hand is slashedand every waist is covered with sackcloth.

It does not end there for

40 This is what the Lord says: “Look! An eagle is swooping down, spreading its wings over Moab.
41 Kerioth will be captured and the strongholds taken.
In that day the hearts of Moab’s warriors will be like the heart of a woman in labor.
42 Moab will be destroyed as a nation because she defied the Lord.
43 Terror and pit and snare await you, you people of Moab,” declares the Lord.

The insolence, pride, conceit, and haughtiness of the Moabites resulted in their defiance of the Lord. This is a great warning against the same insolence, pride, conceit, and haughtiness that could infect our own hearts resulting in defiance of the Lord. The question is, “Why would we want to defy the Lord?” It would have to be some form of pride, some form of saying “I know better than God what is best for me” or “I know better than God what I should do at this time.”

What insulting behavior to have before our creator! We would do well to consider God’s words to Job, reminding him of the unimaginable gulf between man and God

4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? Job 38

Yet, even with the unimaginable gulf between us and Him

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5

No matter what kind of person we were such is God’s love that While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We did not deserve this, but this is how God demonstrates His own love for us. How appreciative are we for this?