Text: Jeremiah 48:11-12
Proposition: What happens to undisturbed Lees?
Moab was compared to wine that was undisturbed on its lees. When wine is made the grapes are crushed and then fermented. When fermentation is complete the skins and stems are separated from the wine. At this point the wine is cloudy. The wine is allowed to sit and the sediments in the wine settle to the bottom of the vessel and sediments in the wine are called lees. After these have settled and the wine is clear it is poured into another vessel and is either allowed to age longer or is drunk. In Moab’s case he had not been racked, poured from one vessel to another. His lees were settled. He was allowed to age on his lees.
Moab was at ease from his youth. If you remember Moab was Lot’s son by his oldest daughter. God had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah by raining fire and brimstone on the cities. God sent two angels to rescue Lot and his family. Lots wife turned and looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. His daughters escaped with him to a cave. Lot’s daughters didn’t think they would be able to find a husband. I think they thought they and their father were the only ones left on the earth. They got their father drunk with wine and lay with their father and they each had a son by their father, Moab and Ammon. Moab and Ammon became the fathers of the nations of Moab and Ammon. These two nations knew of the true God, but they departed from God and served other Gods.
God still cared for Ammon and Moab. God would not let Israel take any of their land when they came into the land of Canaan. They passed through their land, but they couldn’t take it. Even when the Moabite women enticed the men of Israel to serve other gods, God didn’t give the land of the Moabites to them, Numbers 25:1-3. They did this through the counsel of Balaam, Numbers 31:16. They were allied with the Midianites in this. They were hoping God would curse his people because they were immoral and idolatrous. God did curse his people because of they joined these women in immorality and idolatry. When God commanded Israel to take vengeance they only took vengeance on Midian, not Moab. They destroyed the Midianite cities, but not the Moabite cities. Moab was left undisturbed. When David was king, Moab was defeated by David. They became his servants, but their land was not taken, II Samuel 8:2.
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Pleasing the Father
Text: John 8:29
Proposition: How can we please the Father?
Children have a desire to please their father. They don’t always do the things that please their father because they also have a desire to please themselves. Jesus put aside his own desires. His desire was to please his father and not himself. He is our example of how we can please the Father. Jesus Father was pleased with Him. After Jesus baptism God said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
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