Bible Study: Isaiah 15:1-9
Today's lesson covers the burden against Moab.
Historical Background: Moab
The origin of the Moabites is recorded in Genesis 19. When God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot who was Abraham’s nephew and his family were lead by the angels to safety. Lot’s wife, however, broke the commandment to not look back and was turned into a pillar of salt. This left Lot alone with his two virgin daughters. From fear of God’s judgment, Lot went to hide in a mountain nearby.
Seeing the destruction of their city, Lot’s daughters decided that there is no man for them to marry (a very odd decision considering there were many other peoples in that region at that time—this reveals how loyal they were to the culture of Sodom). Therefore, in an abominable scheme, they ended up having sons from their father. The eldest daughter’s son was Moab, and the younger daughter’s son was Ben-ammi, the father of the Ammonites.
Though related to Abraham, the Moabites and Ammonites were the children of a heinous act, taught after the wicked ways of a society God had to destroy because of their sins, and never in their history turned to know the living God.
Isaiah Chapter 15