God’s judgment comes suddenly on the people of Moab, as discussed in Isaiah chapter 15. It is important that it is God’s judgment, not the judgment of Israel’s army. Miraculous rescues are exactly that - miraculous. They are not to be expected.
Luther, Martin, edited by Jaroslav Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, translated by Herbert J.A. Bowman) Luther’s Works, Vol. 16, Lectures on Isaiah Chapters 1-39. St. Louis: Concordia, 1969. Logos Electronic Edition.
“Isaiah Chapter 15” pp. 146-148.
Commenting on Isaiah 15, Luther observes the Moabites were proud and hostile toward the Jews (LW 16, 146). The destruction of Moab described in Isaiah 15:1-2 comes upon the people completely by surprise. They were once proud but will be reduced to weeping and other signs of grief. Luther considers the apparent sympathy of the prophet or of God (the oracle is slightly unclear about who the speaker is) to be irony, rather than heartfelt grief (LW 16, 147). Regardless of the implicit attitude, Luther is clear that the people of Moab will have lost everything. They will be reduced to poverty and captivity, with nothing left to do but weep and mourn (LW 16, 148).
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