Thursday, 28th April 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
The Book of Isaiah used two chapters to talk about the end of Moab. The root of Babylon was confusion, and the root of Moab is pride. Moab comes from the decedent of Lot and his daughter because at the time, Lot had no son and his daughters wanted to bear sons for the family so their name would not be wiped out. Lot’s daughters felt that their father was old, and when he passed there would be no man in the family to protect them. They did not seek God for Lot, on the other hand, they used their own way to try to solve the problem. Lot was a relative of Abraham, but he was prideful, he did not believe that everything he had was because of the blessings of Abraham. Therefore, Lot went a separate way from Abraham, and he also walked away from the blessings of God.
It’s a common mistake people make; we focus on our own problems more than honouring the people God has chosen. We thought that servants of God have everything they have, therefore, we don’t need to provide for them, instead, we tend to take things from them and from God.
Section One V1-2 Laid Waste and Destroyed
V1-2 ‘The burden against Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste and destroyed, because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste and destroyed, he has gone up to the temple and Dibon, to the high places to weep. Moab will wail over Nebo and over Medeba; on all their heads will be baldness, and every beard cut off.’ Ar and Kir were the two strongest cities of Moab, the important cities, of which they are proud. But at the night, they would be destroyed. What are the things that make us proud? We must honour God in everything we have, because everything may be destroyed overnight if we are prideful.
I Kings 11:7 says, ‘Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon.’ God called the god of Moab the abomination. Destruction may come in a night because of our pride, do not think that there is anything in this world that can save us, only God is our true salvation.
Section Two V3-4 Fight to Death
V3-4 ‘In their streets they will clothe themselves with sackcloth; on the tops of their houses and in their streets, everyone will wail, weeping bitterly. Heshbon and Elealeh will cry out, their voice shall be heard as far as Jahaz; therefore the armed soldiers of Moab will cry out; his life will be burdensome to him.’ Moab did not have a sense of urgency, they did not think that the destruction would come to them, because they lived so far away from all the wars and disasters. Sometimes we are also like this, we don’t think the destruction will come to us, we don’t have the alertness and we continue to sin in our lustful desires.
Section Three V5-9 Complete Destruction
V5-6 ‘My heart will cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee to Zoar, like a three-year-old heifer. For by the Ascent of Luhith they will go up with weeping; for in the way of Horonaim they will raise up a cry of destruction, for the waters of Nimrim will be desolate, for the green grass has withered away; the grass fails, there is nothing green.’ Are our hearts crying out? What is our attitude towards those, who don’t know God yet? Do we show love to our neighbours as we love ourselves? Zoar was the place Lot and his daughters fled to; when Moab was in destruction, they did not think of God, instead they sought their ancestors, when they faced problems.
V7 ‘Therefore the abundance they have gained, and what they have laid up, they will carry away to the Brook of the Willows.’ We thought we could rely on this world, our wealth, our health, our past experience… but nothing can give us true peace, and nothing lasts forever. V8 ‘For the cry has gone all around the borders of Moab, its wailing to Eglaim and its wailing to Beer Elim.’ Moab was prideful, they didn’t believe in God, at the end destruction came upon them and they did not seek God for help at the end.
V9 ‘For the waters of Dimon will be full of blood; because I will bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him who escapes from Moab, and on the remnant of the land.’ We must get rid of our pride, when the prophet of God spoke to us, we must repent and return, do not let anything stops us seeking God!
以赛亚书 15 – 无神的国度
V2 人的尽头是神的开始，但这些摩押人遇到问题没有去找耶和华，而是去找他们的偶像。 王上11:7讲到“所罗门为摩押可憎的神基抹……建筑丘坛”。这“可憎的神”基抹就是“骄傲”。摩押人向他们的神所做的那一切事都没有用。不要以为我们引以为傲的东西可以帮助我们，这一切都会过去。
V6 宁林的水原本是清澈的，也有嫩绿的青草，可是结局令人唏嘘。我们想为自己留一手，但没有想到，最后我们以为好的东西反而会 一无所有。