Psalm 33:16-18 The king is not saved by a mighty army; A warrior is not delivered by great strength. 21 Theological Word Book of the Old Testament, R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer, Jr., Bruce K. Waltke, editors, Vol. But in king Jehoshaphat’s desire to hear from a prophet of the Lord (vs. 11), we see a wonderful attitude for any person, but especially for a king or a leader. I hope this answers your question. Jehoshaphat had an able army, but he had unwisely been in alliances with Ahab, Jehoram’s grandfather! Blog; About Us; Contact; Many of them were assigned to the Levites, while Israel stood" (JFB). This is clear from the inscription on the Moabite Stone, a monument of Mesha, king of Moab, erected about 850 BC, and discovered among the ruins of Dibon in 1868. Today, it is impossible to know from which Biblical-era nation an individual is, and any non-Jew may convert and marry a Jew—even those who come from the lands associated with the Biblical Ammonites and Moabites (Code of Jewish Law E.H. 4:9). 2 Kings 3:21-24. There's an interesting legend associated with the Puranas. Jehoram, the grandson of evil Ahab, became king of Israel (the northern kingdom). Our passage gives us an illustration of both responses. The latter are not mentioned in the Tell el-Amarna Letters and do not appear on the Egyptian monuments before the 14th century BC, when they seem to be referred to under the name of Ruten, or Luten or Lotan, i.e. Many play at their religious life. Moabites: Balak Was King of Unfortunately, too often people look for the wrong things in a spiritual leader--looks, voice, charismatic personality, cleverness--you name it. As Isreal approached this region, God had told them not to mess with the Moabites and the Edomites because they were distant relatives of the Israelites (Deuteronomy 2:8-9). As with the three kings, we have two choices: (a) we can take God seriously and respond to Him in faith or (b) we can react, blame God and others and act in unbelief. Moabites. Chapter three provides a series of striking contrasts between the prophet Elisha and the three kings in this story; between conditions before and after; between the plans of men and the providence of God; and between the arm of the flesh and the arm of the Lord. (6) The picture of leaning on the arm of the flesh. The Moabites were the descendants of Moab the son of Lot (Genesis 19:37) and the nephew of Abraham (Genesis 11:31). 2:9), and even saying that, after Moab had transgressed and excluded from the congregation of the Lord (Deut. In fact, Deut. However, the prohibition was not followed during the Exile, and Ezra and Nehemiah sought to compel a return to the law because men had been marrying women who had not been converted at all (Ezra 9:1–2, 12; Nehemiah 13:23–25). Godliness (taking God seriously according to His Word) or the lack of it, is never, ever, without serious implications and results. 5 But it came about, when Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. He does not seek the Lord. They were frightened witless! In Old Testament accounts (e.g., Genesis 19:30–38), the Moabites belonged to … Incest is a Curse: Of Israel's nearby enemies, not all were Canaanites. from adopting their pagan religions and cultures. When faced with the trials and irritations of life, how do we respond? It teaches us that the Lord supplies; victory in the battle is always His. The Moabites dwelt on the East side of the Dead Sea, and they were a constant thorn in Israel's side throughout Old Testament history. So the people who lived in Moab were THE ISRAELITES. The water holes they had counted on were not there and instead of bringing the Moabites back under submission, they were faced with the possibility of their own defeat and death--wiped out in the desert. of Israel sinned? 23). 5 So the Lord established the kingdom in his control, and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor. And when that did not work, Balaam instructed the Moabite women to seduce the men of Israel, lead them to worship their idols and so bring God’s judgment on the people of Israel (Revelation 2:14). It makes no sense. drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, ... (Num 22-25, Jdg 3, Is 15-16 etc), the Many of them were assigned to the Levites, while Israel stood" (JFB). Again involving drunkenness, Abraham's nephew Lot impregnated his daughters who gave birth to the Moabites and Ammonites (Gen. 19:32-38). Deuteronomy 3:12-16, Moses tells us: ‘And this land which we possessed at that time, from Aroer which is by the River Arnon, and half Mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites. . â even to the tenth generationâ could mean â foreverâ . In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider--God has made the one as well as the other So that man may not discover anything that will be after him. God forbade the children of Israel from seeking peace and prosperity with Moabites ; 1 Samuel 14:47. The Moabites refused to let Israel pass through their country and were so greatly impressed and alarmed by the multitude of the Israelitish host that, with Midian, they sent Balaam to curse it (Num_22:1-41; Num_23:1-30; Num_24:1-25). God is sovereign, but man is responsible. 53:6; Ps. Pastors gradually settle down and lose interest in being change agents in the church. Reply, Why are you calling them jewish when they.did not exist then? The Jerusalem Talmud4 explains that it is more characteristic of men to hire a hit-man to do a job on their enemies than it is for women to do so. Below is the proof: Ruth 1:2 reads, “In the days when the Judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. Answer: The Moabites were a tribe descended from Moab, the son of Lot, born of an incestuous relationship with his oldest daughter (Genesis 19:37). For, as sincere as they were, they were totally wrong in seeking Christ's death, utterly blind to the reality that He was their hoped-for Messiah. The wilderness or desert, because of its barrenness, sometimes symbolizes the fruitless life of carnality and being out of the plan of God. The point is, ultimately God has both the last word and the best word about our lives. why were the moabites cursed. Our beliefs and values, with the behavior those belief systems beget, do cast a long shadow and have grave implications upon our children. 20 - Moab confounded "Answer of the fleeing Moabites to the Ammonite inquirers [verse 19] Isa 16:2. Evidently, the Moabites and the Edomites were not aware of God's edict because they figured that these 3 million people were a threat to them. - by Bob Enyart ABSTRACT Why did Noah curse his grandson Canaan? .” Elisha had been faithful in the small details of ministering to Elijah as a servant and now God was going to use him with kings. The Shengold Jewish Encyclopedia. When these were deposed by the Moabites we do not know. It's always interesting to see believers use ancient Near Eastern customs to contextualize the Hebrew Scriptures in ways favorable to the text, but never to demonstrate other readings: that these stories perhaps were ways to justify Bronze Age actions no more heinous than those of other nations, but certainly a far cry from the universal justice developing in the later Hebrew prophets. 2 Kings 3:21-24. God’s Word confronts us in the midst of our lives, on every hand, and in all we do. In other words how was the serpent “getting along” if it wasnʼt already moving via its belly? David had been victorious over the Moabites and made it a vassal state, apparently allowing them to keep their own king, but under heavy tribute as a tax and to acknowledge their submission to Israel (2 Sam. It was Balak, king of Moab, who hired Balaam to curse the people of God. The Lord had prepared and led Elisha to this very place as His servant to be available to these kings and their armies in their time of need. By this wise strategy they thought they would surprise and defeat the Moabites. 65:24). I am reminded of the words of Psalmist in Psalm 119. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. The Bible records historical proof that the Amorites and Moabites were pushed out of the land of Moab. 2 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, though not like his father and his mother; for he put away the sacred pillar of Baal which his father had made. If this is so (and it is) then we have the responsibility to seek God’s direction and to live dependently on Him in all we do. Why Wear Tzitzit If We Are Not Obligated? The basic idea is “to bring into being and so to establish or fix.” It means (a) to prepare as in setting a table, or as in preparing and equipping an army for battle, and then (b) to establish, fix, make firm his steps. During the week, by their own viewpoint, priorities and language, they act as though God were not even involved. But it is the Lord who prepares and establishes--so the Lord has something very different planned. Man is to cleave to his wife (Gen. 2:24). However, the question remains, why curse the serpent to “go on its belly” and “eat dust” if it was already doing so? 2Kings 3:21 Now all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them. In fact, as we were driving I wondered, “Why in the world did we take this route?” Jeremiah had this concept in mind when he wrote. The Moabites who lived just east of the Dead Sea and the Ammonites who occupied the countryside north of Moab were both tribes related by blood to Abraham as they descend from his nephew (Gen. 19:37–38). Originally, the Moabites were divided into small tribes, and tribes were usually a group of a family male line, like son sons of Jacob were, with each son the leader of his descendants who banded together into one tribe. 23:3), that they will return to good graces and return to the congregation after some generations (Jer. Instead he turns to the arm of the flesh. Though Jehoram ignored God’s involvement with his life before this trouble, he now recognizes the sovereign action of God as a divine judgment and intervention. When the kingdoms of Israel and Judah controlled the land of Canaan, the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom ruled east of the Jordan. He leans upon human alliances, upon military strength and strategy that seems so natural and right to men. In all of man’s plans and preparations, he should always consult the Lord because as we can see from the verses above, it is not within man’s ability and wisdom to direct, to prepare, plan and establish his way. Jehoshaphat agrees to help, though again an unwise decision. For example, the Moabites and Ammonites were the product of other parent/child relations. They were thoroughly persuaded that their actions in pursuit of Christ's death were correct. So this brings out the servant character of the prophet. 48:47; 49:6), if they were conceived out of an unlawful union? (b) God is sovereignly working in every man’s life to bring about events, conditions, etc. It was Balak, king of Moab, who hired Balaam to curse the people of God. So Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this company will lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. The following is a brief list of pictures in the Bible that depict this constant tendency in all of us. Men do need to plan and to think seriously about their lives, who they are, where they are going, and about the consequences and implications of their decisions and actions. Now back to 2 Kings 3 and the plans of Jehoram. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives” (NIV). He was known as a servant, as one who poured water on the hands of Elijah (cf. Some of the southern mountains of Judea were also called the hill country of the Amorites (Deuteronomy 1:7, 19-20). The Moabites were in conflict with the Israelites from the 13th century. The Moabites were subdued and harassed by Saul; 2 Kings 3:4. Before we consider the history of these two nations, let us look at an important lesson the original readers of Genesis were to learn from Sodom’s end. (5) The picture of building our own cisterns rather than drinking from God’s resources as the one and only fountain of Living Water. The Moabites, who settled east of the Dead Sea (present day Jordan), ... who was sent by Moabite king Balak to curse the Jewish nation. In verse 2 we read “He did evil in the sight of the Lord.” Jehoram was not a godly man nor was he a man who took God seriously. Moab was scared of Israel because he perceived that they were attached to a great ruler over the entire Creation. The king knew that Elisha was a man who would level with people and honestly inquire of God on their behalf, but there are always those who simply preach what people want to hear--things that tickle their fancy or curiosity or amuse, but who fail to honestly face them with the truth of God, especially as it relates to their responsibilities as the people of God (cf. How anyone could want to live there is beyond me. the Jews) is because they did not greet the Israelites with food and water when they traveled in the desert.1 When someone acts inhumanely, such as denying water to a thirsty group of weary travelers in a hot desert, this expresses a deeply rooted evil nature, which no one would … The moa bones were collected from five fossil sites on New Zealand’s South Island, and ranged in age from 12,966 to 602 years old. 2:9), and even saying that, after Moab had transgressed and excluded from the congregation of the Lord (Deut. So what are we responsible to do? “And your plans will be established.” (kun) You’re in wise and safe hands when you are in the Lord’s hands because God, in His perfect love, wisdom, and sovereignty, is at work, preparing and establishing His will in your life. While it may follow the Biblical precedent, (even though there may be a difference as I am sure there some nice people of Palestinian birth), we don't just create new laws. Although the Moabites refused passage to the Israelites, Moab did not fight against Israel while they were neighbors for more than 300 years.. The Moabites were the descendants of Moab the son of Lot (Genesis 19:37) and the nephew of Abraham (Genesis 11:31). The Moabites were a heathen, idolatrous people whom God had subjugated under David’s reign because they were always a threat to the national sovereignty of Israel and their control over the land--the land that God had promised to Abraham and had given to the nation. After the Midianite army’s defeat, Moses reminds Israel that the Midianite women are to blame for the Peor incident and demands the execution of the remaining survivors. Or is God simply seeking to use us in some way or teach us an important spiritual lesson? Kabbalah, Chassidism and Jewish Mysticism. Schreiber, Mordecai (ed.). Why does G‑d permit the Ammonite and Moabite women to convert and marry Jewish men, while He does not permit male converts from these nations to marry Jewish women? 5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. In Isaiah 2:6, the word “filled” is the Hebrew, male, which suggests the idea of attempting to remove a void, the problem of personal emptiness, but this is something which only God can fill. Then there was Jehoshaphat, a good king, a man who generally took God seriously and sought the way of the Lord, yet at times, he too failed. Proverbs 20:24 Man’s steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way? It is clear from the story of Ruth that she adopted the covenant of Israel completely and abandoned the Moabites. Moab as a land is first mentioned in the reign of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II (circa 1270 B.C.E.). Is He calling attention to sin? Our lives are never lived, not even for a moment, without implications both for the present and the future. What would you do? On Sunday they do their little ‘nod to God,’ but for the rest of the week it is business as usual. Verse 8 shows their military strategy, what appeared to be a surefire winner! If things can go wrong, they will, and at the worst possible time. 2 Timothy 4:1-5 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. There We need to accept the occurrences of our lives as part of God’s involvement with us. 50:10-11). 2 Chronicles 17:3-6 And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father David’s earlier days and did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father, followed His commandments, and did not act as Israel did. There is sin and Satan and this all works to create difficulties and problems. Moabites: Land of, not Given to the Israelites As a Possession. The Talmud therefore concludes that only the men are distanced, since the women did not show signs of these negative tendencies. Our everyday activities have significant implications--they either promote godliness as we spend time with the Lord or they promote ungodliness the more we ignore Him. Similarly, the Moabites exhibited an inhumane disposition by hiring Balaam to destroy the Jewish people by the power of his curse.3. 75 I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me. A defective son is often the result of a defective father (though not always) and defective children are often the products of defective parents. Netflix's Cursed is the latest in a long line of King Arthur failures | … There he declared his determination, “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch” (Ps. Surely this sordid story of the kings of the north teaches us an important principle. The curse you refer to is the one in which Noah cursed his son, Canaan. Moabites are a Snare to the Israelites. And all who were able to put on armor and older were summoned and stood on the border. 23:3), that they will return to good graces and return to the congregation after some generations (Jer. Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30, the account of Jehoshaphat’s actions when faced with a huge multitude that had come against Judah. Or are we going to turn to our own strategies? As Isreal approached this region, God had told them not to mess with the Moabites and the Edomites because they were distant relatives of the Israelites (Deuteronomy 2:8-9). But we also need those who, whether it is popular or not, will faithfully proclaim the truth of Scripture. 1 Now Jehoram the son of Ahab became king over Israel at Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years. a. To take God seriously means abiding, living, thinking, speaking, deciding or choosing everything and all things by what He is and says, by the application of His divine essence, His being, and the truths of Scripture or the teachings of the Word. 3 Nevertheless, he clung to the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel sin; he did not depart from them. The Moabites then united into a single kingdom like Israel. The Moabites were descended from Moab, the son of Lot. He has prepared both people and conditions and circumstances, either: (a) to make our way right, straight and established (i.e., to give real meaning, purpose and fulfillment, or (b) He may prepare other conditions to turn us around, to stop and rebuke our present course to cause us to trust and turn to Him, if we will but respond to His work (cf. But so often we see men and women use their gifts so they become like either stained glass or dirty windows. The Torah sees women to be above such malicious scheming. Would he turn to the Lord or to the arm of the flesh, to his own solutions? 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. Life is full of causes and effects. 22 Charles C. Ryrie, Ryrie Study Bible, Expanded Edition, NASB, Moody Press, Chicago, 1995, p. 1025. They are given as warnings of both the tendency and the consequences. Here’s this whole story: Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard. We read in the Bible that the reason the Ammonites were punished to be forever forbidden from marrying into the Israelite nation (a.k.a. I am reminded of David’s cry in Psalm 5. This practice, while gruesome, was certainly not unique to the Moabites, as such rites were commonplace in the various Canaanite religious cults, including those of the Baals and of Moloch. T hey were ancient Israel’s eastern neighbors, dwelling in the plains of Jordan. They are lost, gone. We read in the Bible that the reason the Ammonites were punished to be forever forbidden from marrying into the Israelite nation (a.k.a. Thus there was a chink missing in the spiritual armor of Jehoshaphat. was a 1966 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and a former pastor of 28 years. Jeremiah 17:5-6 This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. (2) What was Elisha the prophet doing here--seven days journey into the wilderness? John 7:37-39). This word carries with it the idea and principal that our steps have both purpose and consequences, either for good or evil, for blessing or hurt (cf. Therefore, the Talmud continues, although the Ammonite women did not greet the Jews with food and water either, they are not liable to be distanced as were the men. Lot (Paton, Syria and Pal); Muab appears in a list of names on a monument of Rameses III of the XXth Dynasty. 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