Moab was the son of Lot so a blood relation of Abraham whom God considered as a friend. Faith was the basis and Abraham walked in faith and it was counted as righteousness unto him. Lot on the other hand saw things as a shrewd man and it was his shrewdness that came to surface when Abraham let him choose first the land before them. We read that he saw the fertile plains and he chose the preferred land. Unknown to him Sodom and Gomorrah had become very wicked and in course of time a byword for licentiousness. Even while God sent his angel to rescue him and his family from imminent destruction Lot was loath to go all the way as was told. Instead of going to the mountain his mind had settled to settle in Zoar. The Lord waited till Lot was safe and secure before he judged the cities. Again he had to move from Zoar to the mountain. It poses an interesting question. When God has willed a certain outcome of what use is human reason by going out of it? When Jesus said, learn of me for I am meek and lowly. How shall you find rest from seeking power and honor from the world? Lot was at best lackadaisical in following God’s will. In the process he lost his wife and his family save his two daughters. Moab was born from union with his eldest daughter. What consolation does it give old Lot to excuse blame on another than own up his disobedience for the misfortunes of his offspring? When the modern churches have lost their first love you can be sure that they are like latter- day Moabites.
Moabites were of the same bloodline and their history often entwines with those of Israel. David’s antecedents connect with them through Ruth.
Israel as well as Moab went farther than from abiding under the Will of God. Of what use is to take pride of the Law if you do not fulfill it with your heart and soul? Are they better than the Moabites with their pagan rites and licentious lifestyle? Here this chapter covers the burden of Moab. .
The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence;
2 He is gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to weep: Moab shall howl over Nebo, and over Medeba: on all their heads shall be baldness, and every beard cut off.
3 In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on the tops of their houses, and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping abundantly.
4 And Heshbon shall cry, and Elealeh: their voice shall be heard even unto Jahaz: therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life shall be grievous unto him.
5 My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee unto Zoar, an heifer of three years old: for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go it up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.
6 For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.
7 Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows.
8 For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto Beerelim.
9 For the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land.