Ammon, You Are in Trouble, Too

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Jeremiah 49:1-6

Ammon was just north of Moab and a little east. It had been a thorn in the side of the covenant people since the time of the Exodus. Like Moab it thought that because it was off to the east of the beaten track it would be ignored by the invading Babylonian armies.

It is one of the curious facts of history that tribes or nations that live the closest together geographically are the most hostile and bitter toward one another. These people had taken advantage of the fall of the ten northern tribes to Assyria 150 years earlier to “dispossess Gad and settle in its cities.” Earlier, Solomon had married an Ammonite woman who introduced “Milcom” worship into Jerusalem.

Jeremiah foretells their destructions, just like that of their southern neighbor Moab. But he offers the same gospel, “But afterward I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites” (v. 6). In Ammon today (called Amman), capital of Jordan, Arab Christians sing the praises of Jesus, the Jewish Messiah.

Are you working with people who seem to be hopeless? Are you about to give up praying for someone who has spurned your pleas? God’s final word to Ammon was positive. We too live in eager expectation!

PRAYER

Lord, we long for the day when the Irish and the English, the Spanish and the Basques, the Serbs, Croats and Bosnians will embrace in the love of Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.