Backslidden Sister

Text: Jeremiah 49:1-6
Proposition: Why was Ammon a backslidden sister?
Ammon was the son of Lot by his youngest daughter. Lot and his two daughters escaped to a cave after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Their mother turned to a pillar of salt when she looked back. They didn’t think they would be able to find a husband. Their husbands or fiancés perished in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot tried to warn them, but they thought he was joking. Lots daughters believed that Sodom and Gomorrah would be destroyed and fled with their father. Lots daughters came up with a plan so that their father’s seed would not die out. They got their father drunk with wine. The oldest slept with him the first night. The youngest slept with him the next night. They both became pregnant by their father. The oldest gave birth to Moab. He became the father of the nation of Moab. The younger daughter gave birth to Ben-Ammi. He became the father of the nation of Ammon.
I.                    They returned evil for good (How did they return evil for good?) 
A.    When Israel came to the land of Canaan they needed to pass through the land of Moab and Ammon. Moab allied with the Midianites and seduced the men of Israel into worshipping false Gods and committing acts of immorality with the Moabites and Midianites. God sent a plague on the sons of Israel, 24,000 died, Numbers 25:9
1.      God would not let Israel take the land of Ammon
2.      Deuteronomy 2:19 and 37
3.      Israel left the sons of Ammon alone. God had given them that land because of their righteous father, Lot. (II Peter 2:7-8)
4.      Israel conquered the land up to their border.
            B. They claimed the land that Israel conquered from Sihon, king of the Amorites.
1.      Judges 11:12-33
2.      Sihon had taken some land from Moab and Ammon. Israel took that land from Sihon. Ammon and Moab thought Israel should give the land back 300 years later. Israel destroyed Ammon and Moab’s enemy. Sihon was no longer a threat to anyone.
            C. Nahash was going to tear out the right eye of the men of Gilead.
1.      I Samuel 11:1-11
2.      The Ammonites were returning evil for good.
D.     When Jehoshaphat was king Ammon, Moab, and Edom allied together to destroy Judah.
1.      II Chronicles 20:1-13
2.      Jehoshaphat put the singers on the front line and as they began to sing God set ambushes against Ammon, Moab, and Edom. Ammon and Moab fought against Edom. When they had destroyed Edom then they destroyed one another.
            E. The Ammonites ripped open pregnant mothers in Israel.
1.      Amos 1:13-15
2.      The Ammonites wanted to enlarge their borders. This is what Jeremiah is referring to when he says,
Ø      Jer 49:1 Concerning the sons of Ammon. Thus says the LORD: "Does Israel have no sons? Or has he no heirs? Why then has Malcam taken possession of Gad And his people settled in its cities?
Ø      Gad was the closest tribe of Israel to Ammon. Ammon ripped open the pregnant women. Many armies want to kill the sons so that they can’t grow up and take revenge. I read an article about a Sudanese man who graduated from UNK. In the civil war the North wanted even the young boys dead, but Ammon went so far as to kill the unborn babies. God was upset with this. He said, “Ammon is going to pay for this.”
Ø      What is God saying about us as a nation who murder millions of babies a year? What is God saying about the nurses, doctors and mothers who cause it to happen?
F. Ammon was conquered by Babylon after Judah was. The king of Ammon sent           Ishmael to kill Gedaliah, the governor of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar had appointed.
            1. Jeremiah 40:13-15
3.      Ishmael did kill Gedaliah and all the men with him. 
4.      You would think that after being conquered by Babylon that Ammon would have some compassion on Judah, but they wanted to kick them while they were down.
G.     After the return from Babylon they were still giving the Israelites trouble Tobiah, the Ammonite said, "Even what they are building--if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!" (Nehemiah 4:3) He tried to intimidate and frustrate the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem as much as possible.
            H. We are not to return evil for good.
                        1. Proverbs 17:13
                        2. When we sin against God we are returning evil for good. He sent his son Jesus                to die for our sin. Don’t return evil for good by sinning against God.
                        3. Matthew 5:27-28, don’t lust after women.
                        4. I Timothy 2:9-11, be modest in dress and actions. 
II. She hated God’s people (Why are God’s people hated?)
            A. You can see from all the above incidents the Ammonites hated Israel. There was no                       reason to hate Israel, but they hated Israel.
            B. They hated Israel’s father
1.      John 15:23-25
2.      Those who hate God hate his children. They want to see them destroyed for any reason.
3.      The enemies pretend obedience until they get the power they want.
4.      Psalms 81:15, they pretend to submit and obey, but they hate God. They only submit when they have to.
5.      In our nation many pretend submission and obedience to God. They obey if the preacher knows what they are doing. They obey if it is to their advantage politically. But in reality they hate God and his people.
            C. The Prophets testified that their deeds were evil
1.      John 7:7
2.      They worshipped Molech or Milcom
3.      I Kings 11:5
4.      Leviticus 20:2-5
5.      When you testify that people’s deeds are evil they either repent or they get mad.
6.      God doesn’t want his children sacrificed to false gods.
a.       The false god of wealth. Mothers working so that they can have more stuff and nicer stuff.
b.      The false god of entertainment. Fathers who allow themselves and their children to be entertained with the evil deeds of darkness on TV and the internet.
c.       The false god of the pursuit of happiness. Sometimes parents think that their happiness is more important than their children so they get a divorce.
d.      Malachi 2:13-16, god hates divorce. Learn to live happily ever after with you mate. Divorce won’t help you to be happier.
7.      Ephesians 5:6-12, expose the deeds of darkness, don’t let them entertain you.
8.      Ephesians 5:3-5 are the unfruitful deeds of darkness
III. She trusted in her treasures (How did Ammon trust in her treasures?)
            A. She thought her wealth could deliver in the day of wrath.
1.      Jeremiah 49:4
2.      Many years before Jeremiah’s time Ammon trusted in her wealth to fight against Israel.
3.      Ammon gave evil for good another time and trusted money to deliver them.
4.      II Samuel 10:1-14
5.      The next spring Joab continued the war against Ammon and they were defeated.
6.      Proverbs 11:4
7.      Ammon didn’t have enough money to defeat God.
            B. They didn’t make God their refuge
1.      Psalms 52:7
2.      Ammon didn’t make God his refuge. Ammon is no longer a people.
3.      Psalms 49:6-20
4.      Those who don’t make God their refuge end up like Ammon, defeated and dead. 
Ammon trusted in himself and his false God Molech. He sacrificed his children to his god. He returned evil for good and hated God’s people. God was still concerned for Ammon. He promised to restore the fortunes of Ammon. Ammon returned from the captivity. They continued to fight against Israel. (Tobiah and I Macc. 5:6 and 30-34). 
The people of Ammon continued until the 2nd century AD. (Keil and Delitzsch, Jer. 49:6) Their truly restored fortune was that they were able to know about the Messiah. In the Old Covenant no Moabite or Ammonite could enter the assembly of the Lord until the 10th generation (Duet. 23:3).  In the New Covenant they are accepted when they believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, repent of their sin and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sin. 
We have our fortuned restored also. Without Christ we are lost and without hope, but with Him we have the riches of His mercy and grace.
Closing Hymn
1 b I’d Rather have Jesus