I think by now, we can see that even though God would use other evil nations to bring Israel into judgment, He then would punish any nation that came against His people. Keep in mind, God’s ways are not our ways. His intelligence and wisdom is far beyond ours.
Verse 1 – 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,
Moab was an enemy to the Jews. They had a long history whose origins go back to incestuous union between Lot and his daughters. The calamities would come suddenly and with surprise.
Verse 2 – 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.
Dibon had a temple which was dedicated to Che-mosh, the main god of the Moabites.
Verse 3 – In their streets they will clothe themselves with sackcloth; on the tops of their houses and in their streets everyone will wail, weeping bitterly.
Verse 4 – 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.
Verse 5 – “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 weeping; for in the way of Horonaim they will rise up a cry of destruction,
These verses imply that the destruction was in these northern cities of Moab and the refugees fled south.
Verse 6 – For the waters of Nimrim will be desolate, for the green grass has withered away; the grass fails, there is nothing green.
Verse 7 – Therefore the abundance they have gained, and what they have laid up, they will carry away to the brook of the willows.
Verse 8 – For the cry is gone all around the borders of Moab, its wailing to Eglaim and its wailing to Beer Elim.
Verse 9 – 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.”
You might be asking yourself, “Why does any of this matter now, in this day and time?” Because the more you know about the people, prophets, messengers, and kings of the Bible, the better understanding of our God you will have. In every situation down through history that was written for our benefit, we see a loving God who continually saved a people who were rebellious and stiff-necked.
God wrote an instruction manual for those who would believe to live their lives by. Did God destroy evil nations? Yes. Did He do it without warning? No.
When you are in love with someone don’t you want to know everything about them and spend time in their presence? Then why would we not want the same attention given to our Creator?