Jeremiah 48

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Jeremiah 48

Oracle against Moab.   

Overview.

This is the prophecy of the destruction of Moab. Moab was rich in farming, in trading. But she became arrogant, believing their wealth came from Chemosh, chief god of Moab.

This prophecy is the longest oracle of judgement in the Bible against Moab. Moab was Israel’s ancient neighbor to the east of the Dead Sea. The origin of Moab is found in the Old Testament, Genesis 19:37-38. They were kinship of Israel but hostile from the time of Exodus to that Ezra (Number 21-25; 1 Samuel 14:47, Ezra 9:1; Nehemiah 13:1, 23).

Moab’s rich complacency came from rich farming. But God will disturb Moab’s stability by sending Babylonian people to pour out the Moabite because of their idolatry and arrogance.

Moabite towns will fall one after another. Warriors will lose their hearts, and strongholds will be seized. The Moabite people will be captured and their cities will be set on fire, and all are carried off into captivity.

However, God grieved over the suffering of Moab. One of the voices in this oracle uttered comfort to Moab. God’s mercy awaits the people of Moab. After devastation Moab will be restored by God.

Reflection.

 1. What does this passage tell you about God?

 2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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