God created the world and all its inhabitants. God cleanses the world of evil that is destroying his created. This is not called karma, it’s called justice. God cleans what He has created when it gets dirty by the influence of sin.
As God judges Moab, their god is unable to save them, despite their mourning, and their armies are useless. God has compassion for Moab, nevertheless, and will allow some people to escape as fugitives to Zoar. The green grass will wither, wailing will be throughout the borders, and those who escape to Dimon will be mauled and taken by lions, as will any remnant remaining in their ravaged land.
Isaiah 15, The Message
Poignant Cries Reverberate Through Moab
15 1-4 A Message concerning Moab:
Village Ar of Moab is in ruins,
destroyed in a night raid.
Village Kir of Moab is in ruins,
destroyed in a night raid.
Village Dibon climbs to its chapel in the hills,
goes up to lament.
Moab weeps and wails
over Nebo and Medba.
Every head is shaved bald,
every beard shaved clean.
They pour into the streets wearing black,
go up on the roofs, take to the town square,
Everyone in tears,
everyone in grief.
Towns Heshbon and Elealeh cry long and loud.
The sound carries as far as Jahaz.
Moab sobs, shaking in grief.
The soul of Moab trembles.
5-9 Oh, how I grieve for Moab!
Refugees stream to Zoar
and then on to Eglath-shelishiyah.
Up the slopes of Luhith they weep;
on the road to Horonaim they cry their loss.
The springs of Nimrim are dried up—
grass brown, buds stunted, nothing grows.
They leave, carrying all their possessions
on their backs, everything they own,
Making their way as best they can
across Willow Creek to safety.
Poignant cries reverberate
all through Moab,
Gut-wrenching sobs as far as Eglaim,
heart-racking sobs all the way to Beer-elim.
The banks of the Dibon crest with blood,
but God has worse in store for Dibon:
A lion—a lion to finish off the fugitives,
to clean up whoever’s left in the land.
WHAT DO WE LEARN—HOW DO WE RESPOND?
What we know in our time is that Jesus IS indeed coming back to take all who believe back with Him. He is preparing all the rooms for our eternal stay right now. To those who refuses to believe or obey, there will be a cleansing. God is sovereign. God is compassionate, not wanting anyone to perish, but when that Day comes, we must be ready.
My dad used to say, we might be surprised by who will be in heaven. Man’s judgement is self-motivated in all kinds of ways. God’s judgement is merciful and compassionate but complete. God knows our hearts. God sees what is in our minds at any moment. God also sees what motivates and drives our behavior each day we live on earth. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that is hidden from God. So, only God’s Son, who is God, can be the judge and bring peace at last.
Are we ready?
Thank you for this sobering passage of lament over sins of self, following gods who are not you, worshiping anything and anyone but you. Thank you for abiding with your power in those who believe so we know the difference in world thinking and your thinking. Your thoughts are higher, so help us to think more like you so we will behave more like you taught us while on earth. Thank you, dear Jesus, for saving my soul and making me whole.
Help me to love like you love me.
In Jesus Name, Amen