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Jeremiah 48-49: The Pride of Your Heart
Jeremiah wraps up his book by writing about the judgment of six nations—Moab, Ammon, Edom, Damascus, Kedar and Hazor, and Elam. Three of these nations the Lord promises to restore fortunes to—Moab, Ammon, and Elam. Let’s look at what the Bible has to say about these wicked nations.
Judgment on Moab: "…because you trusted in your works and your treasures" (48:7). "We have heard of the pride of Moab—he is very proud—of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart" (48:7). "Moab shall be destroyed and be no longer a people because he magnified himself against the Lord" (48:42).
Judgment on Ammon: "Why do you boast of your valleys, O faithless daughter, who trusted in her treasures, saying, ‘Who will come against me’" (49:4)?
Judgment on Edom: "The horror you inspire has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, you who live in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as the eagle's, I will bring you down from there, declares the Lord" (49:16).
Judgment on Damascus: “Hamath and Arpad are confounded, for they have heard bad news; they melt in fear, they are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet. Damascus has become feeble, she turned to flee, and panic seized her; anguish and sorrows have taken hold of her" (49:23-24).
Judgment on Kedar and Hazor: "…a nation at ease, that dwells securely, declares the Lord, that has no gates or bars, that dwells alone" (49:31).
Judgment on Elam: "Thus says the Lord of Hosts: ‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might’" (49:35).
The underlying problem with each of these nations seems to be pride. Moab trusted their own works. Ammon boasted of their valleys. Edom was deceived by the pride of their hearts. Damascus was confounded when they heard bad news instead of trusting God. Kedar and Hazor dwelled at ease and alone with seemingly no need to trust God. Elam trusted in their own might.
Each of these nations had a pride problem. Anytime we trust in our own works or might, boast of what we have accomplished, choose to let fear rule our lives instead of trusting God, or live as if we don’t need Him in our lives, we have a pride problem just like these nations. Let’s confess any pride we have today.
What we trust in says a lot about the pride in our hearts.
About Sweeter Than Honey
When I read God’s Word each morning, I find inspiration and insight that keeps my day on track. Join me on this journey. Let’s settle in with His Word—it’s His Love Letter to us. Did you know that? Let’s read it like a love letter, expecting to glean something for our walk with Him every day. Let’s look for peace in the chaos and strength for our weaknesses. Even on our busiest days we can carve out a few minutes to refocus on the important—the eternal. Can’t we? We may have to get up a little earlier, when the house is still and quiet, or stay up a few minutes after the others are all tucked in for the night, but we can do this! I know we can.
Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
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