Today’s Scrip-Bit 26 July 2009 Jeremiah 48:25‏

Jeremiah 48:25     The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, saith the Lord.
Well Friends, I have no tales of friendly, godly interference today, (smile) but sadly one of godly destruction; that of the Moabites. Now why did the Lord destroy Moab? It’s simple: ‘Make ye him drunken: for he magnified himself against the Lord: Moab also shall wallow in his vomit, and he shall also be in derision.’ (Jer.48:26) Yes my people, it’s one of the worst things an individual, a society or nation can do; consider themselves greater and more important than the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The first part of the verse, ‘Make ye him drunken,’ refers to the cup of wrath for all nations that the Lord gave to Jeremiah. ‘For thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee to drink it. And they shall drink and be moved, (stagger) and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them. Then took I the cup at the Lord’s hand, and made all the nations drink, unto whom the Lord hath sent me.’ (Jer.25:15-17) And Friends, the Lord sure was in a punishing mood then, for He sent Jeremiah to almost every kingdom in the then known world, beginning with Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, Pharaoh King of Egypt, the mixed multitude of Uz, the Philistines, Ashkelon, Azzah, Ekron. Ashdod, Edom, Moab, ‘And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the King of Sheshach (Babylon) shall drink after them.’ (Jer.25:26) The Lord was clearly in foul humour, commanding poor Jerry to tell them; ‘Drink ye, and be drunken, and spew, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.’ (Jer.25:27) And if they refused, he was to tell them; ‘Ye shall certainly drink. For lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord.’ (Jer.25:29) Wow! The Lord was real serious mih people! Now if He’s willing to destroy the city with His name, Jerusalem, why wouldn’t He destroy the other wicked ones too? And yuh know what Friends? All those nations that Jeremiah mentioned (Jer.25:18-26) were all destroyed, never to be heard from again or rise to prominence, except Jerusalem; the Lord’s own. As we keep saying, our God doesn’t make idle threats or promises. So when He intones, ‘The horn, (strength) of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken,’ it’s no joking matter. In Psalm 75, a warning to the wicked, the Psalmist, Asaph, uses the same imagery of wine and drunkenness. ‘For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; (fully mixed) and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, (drain it) and drink them…All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.’ (Ps.75: 8,10) And sadly, my brethren, history is thickly populated with nations, cities, and societies that have not paid heed nor homage to Almighty God and have suffered severe destruction. Sodom and Gomorrah are amongst the most famous. But Nero supposedly fiddled while Rome burned, and Belshazzar partied, drinking from the vessels of God’s house, while the Persians diverted the Euphrates River that ran through the almost invincible city, walked up the shallow riverbed and captured it. Yes my Friends, the Lord moves in many different ways, both secret and open. But as Asaph said, we’re sure of two things: ‘But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.’ (Ps.75:7) And when He says your strength will be cut off and your arm broken, rest assured it will happen. I have to chuckle at how the Lord spoke to Ezekiel re broken arms: ‘Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, to put a roller to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword.’ (Eze.30:21) Pharaoh’s arm is broken and a splint won’t be applied to hold it together so it can heal properly and allow him to commit atrocities again. Friends, the purpose of Today’s Bit is to draw our attention to the wicked and evil nations of the world that preceded us and show how they were severely punished, even God’s chosen people, when they turned away from Him. Our world is just as wicked, and even more so in some respects, since a lot of the evil we now have didn’t exist back then. And there is much evidence all around us of warnings from the Most High God Jehovah: all the untimely and unnatural pattern of disasters, plus our abuse of the earth; like global warming, the melting of the ice cap, the puncturing of the protective ozone layer, the recent spurt of greed, violence and lack of respect for each other that’s permeating our world, which all contributed to our current financial crisis. Friends, the long and short of the story is that we’ve become an extremely greedy, selfish, violent, ungodly world that’s already feeling the effects of such negative behaviour, and if we continue along the same lines, we’ll be eventually destroyed like all the other great, ungodly societies before us, becoming another footnote in history of a people who didn’t learn that Almighty God rules. And an even worse scenario to contemplate is that many generations hence, someone like me, will be trying to warn their people about the suicidal nature of living in sin, in disobedience to the Lord. But my people, this senseless destruction can be avoided if we few, tried, tested and true believers, all over the world, joined together in a united, concerted effort to turn the tide of wickedness back to one of righteousness. We’ve got to put aside our selfish, petty, jealousies, disagreements and opinions and come together for the bigger and greater cause; the glory of Christ’s Church. That’s the only way to avoid sure destruction, one that’s  already begun. It’s not too late though Friends, remember while there’s life, there’s hope, and we can nip it in the bud, turn this ungodly world around, if we all pledge to do our individual best right where we are, right now; starting with friends, family, neighbours and co-workers. It’s what Jesus desires of us; that Jesus spirit we’re supposed to develop, where we sincerely LOVE our God, and truly LIVE our Faith. Much LOVE!…stand up, stand up for Jesus…the trumpet sound obey…till every foe is vanquished…and Christ is Lord indeed…

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