Today’s passage: Isaiah 15-16
- Chapters 15 & 16 contain one continuous prophecy and message concerning Moab.
- This prophecy takes a much different tone, one of sympathy or sadness over Moab’s demise.
- In the midst of the prophecy, Israel/Judah is told to take in and shelter the outcasts of Moab and promised the coming of the Messiah (Verses 3-5).
- Scattered throughout the prophecy and highlighted in verse 12, are remarks concerning the hopelessness and powerlessness of the worship of the Moabites.
- It was a sad sight to see Moab trying to cry out to false gods for help…when of course, no help would come.
Questions to consider:
- What would the connection be between the Moabites needing shelter from “The destroyer” (Verse 4) and their false worship of gods who do not exist? (See Deuteronomy 32:16-17, Who is behind false gods and their worship?)
- How were God’s people encouraged to look upon the struggling Moabites, even though their suffering was a result of their sin (Arrogance, pride, idle boasting, etc.)? Do we gloat and brag when our enemy falls? How should the Christian treat those who mistreat them? (Romans 12:9-21) How do you find the strength and love to share with those who do not love you?