1 Send a ram to the ruler of the land, from Sela desert to the mountain of daughter Zion. 2 And this will happen: the daughters of Moab at the fords of Arnon will be like a bird fleeing from a thrown away nest. 3 “Bring counsel, make a judgment; make your shade like the night in the middle of noonday. Hide outcasts; you must not betray the fugitive. 4 Let my Moabite outcasts dwell as aliens among you; be a hiding place for them from the destroyer’s face.” When the oppressor is no more, destruction has stopped, the trampler has disappeared from the land, 5 then a throne will be established by steadfast love, and someone will sit on it who is faithful, in the tent of David, judging and seeking justice and zealous for righteousness.
be a hiding place for them
There is a challenge here for Moabites – a challenge to overcome their old animosities and prejudices and reach out to Judah for help. But the major challenge is for Judah. The LORD challenges them to open their gates and take in the Moabites who are fleeing from the destroyer. There are to be a hiding place for them. The LORD promises that once the trampler has finished, these Moabites would welcome the rule of the a Davidic Messiah whose people had rescued them from that trampler.
When our enemies are going through difficult times, we easily see the judgment factor. We think it only right. But the LORD challenges us to look for opportunities to love those who have not loved us. Imagine what would happen if we started acting as a hiding place for our enemies.
LORD, give us the courage to love those who have harmed us – to be a hiding place for those who are suffering.