From the Book of Jeremiah:

Against Moab thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Woe unto Nebo! for it is spoiled: Kiriathaim is confounded and taken: Misgab is confounded and dismayed. There shall be no more praise of Moab: in Heshbon they have devised evil against it; come, and let us cut it off from being a nation. Also thou shalt be cut down, O Madmen; the sword shall pursue thee (Jer. 48:1-2).

Against Moab thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Woe unto Nebo! for it is spoiled: Kiriathaim is confounded and taken: Misgab is confounded and dismayed. There shall be no more praise of Moab: in Heshbon they have devised evil against it; come, and let us cut it off from being a nation. Also thou shalt be cut down, O Madmen; the sword shall pursue thee (Jer. 48:1-2).

The evil doings of the nation of Moab had been judged by the Lord, and their destruction was now imminent. They had falsely believed that they could live in any manner they wanted and that they would never see any consequences for their ungodly lifestyle. They had been deceived by the enemy of all of mankind, the devil. By falling into this pit of lies, they had set themselves up for the wrath of God to be poured out upon them. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it (John 8:44).

What type of sin does it take to bring such judgment down upon a people? Before we can answer that question, we must remember that, to the Lord, all sin is an abomination. However, there are certain sins that blind the sinner, making them unable to see their fault. It is one such sin, the sin of pride, that God cites as the root of the downfall of Moab. We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart (Jer. 48:29). Jesus Himself names pride among the sins that are most destructive to man. And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man (Mark 7:20-23).

The great danger in the sin of pride is that it blinds the partaker of it to what they are doing. An individual can be so prideful that they will believe themselves to be sinless and above reproach. Although they will be quick to point out the sins of another, they will be ignorant to their own shortcomings. Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye (Luke 6:42).

Can we then conclude that all pride is sinful? The answer to that would depend on how you defined the word, "pride." There is nothing wrong with the sense of satisfaction that a person feels in a job well done. The problem comes when we focus that feeling inward, patting ourselves on the back for what "we" accomplished. As long as our satisfaction is radiated outward, offering worship and praise to the Lord that enabled us to succeed, then we will be able to keep the sin of self-pride at bay.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).

Thought for Today:

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue (vomit, spit) thee out of My mouth (Rev. 3:15-16).

Christ Revealed:

As the One who lovingly corrects His people (Jer. 46:28). Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth (disciplines), and scourgeth (whips) every son whom He receiveth (Heb. 12:6).

Word Studies:

46:4 brigandines = armor; 46:11 daughter = people; 48:2 be cut down = perish; 48:10 deceitfully = negligently; half-heartedly; 48:19 espy = watch; 48:41 Kerioth is = Cities are.

Prayer Needs:

Pray For Staff: Chris Robison • Country: Austria (8,223,062) Central Europe ¥ Major Language: German ¥ Religious Freedom ¥ 73.6% Catholic; 4.7% Protestant; 4.2% Muslim; 3.5% Other; 2% Unspecified; 12% None • Prayer Suggestion: Remember that God delights in your joy (Ps. 43:4).

Devotion courtesy Bible Pathway Ministries