Obadiah 1:11 This Is Something Terrible

Obadiah 1:11 (KJV)
In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

The Edomites, children of Esau, were close relatives of Israel but particularly obnoxious against them. They were unhelpful to them in their flight from Egypt; they were a thorn in their side in the days of the kings. Herod was an Edomite and a cruel leader in Jerusalem. His family killed John the Baptist, refused to help Jesus, and beheaded Apostle James.

In this case, they are seen to stand by as Judah was destroyed. They rejoiced in their calamity, and they took advantage of their troubles for personal gain.

There is something terrible when a bystander watches as another is injured and then plunders their things. They may not have committed the violence, but they did nothing to stop it and contribute to the suffering by treating the victim’s possessions as spoil.

The prophecy of Obadiah must surely have its fulfillment during the Millennial Kingdom. Then Jesus will judge from the valley of Jehoshaphat and rule from the throne in Jerusalem.

It is the character of God that He despises those who have little to no care for a hurting brother. It is especially despicable when they use another’s suffering to advance their own cause.

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Obadiah 1:11 This Is Something Terrible

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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