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 1:17 While We Were Yet Sinners

Obadiah 1:17 (KJV)
But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

One of the most important eschatological truths is that God is not finished with the Jews. Though they have been set aside for a time, the clear teaching of the Bible is that God’s love for them has not died and God’s plan for the future has them smack dab in the center. 

It’s an important truth to rightly divide the Word of God
No understanding of prophecy can be correct without understanding this truth. Every principle of future things is flawed if it misplaces the Jews in that future. 

It’s an important truth concerning God
Here’s the thing, God loves us while we were yet sinners. Our sin separates us from God, but it does not kill the love of God. Though one may endure chastening, even judgment from God, so long as they have breath, they have opportunity to come to God. So long as we live, we may repent of our sin and return. God, as did the father of the prodigal son, will welcome us with open and cheerful arms. 

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Obadiah 1:5 Absolute Retribution

Obadiah 1:5 (KJV) If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes? The Lord cometh as a thief in the night.[1] The just and perfectly righteous God likens Himself to the thief who plunders the house or robs the fruit of the field. In describing the judgment upon Edom, God implies absolute retribution. If a thief broke into the house, he would leave something Haste would dictate he work fast, take that which is easiest to carry and of most value. Some items would be too large and not valuable enough to risk being caught taking. If the perpetrator stole the grapes from the field, he would surely miss some Working in cover of darkness or perhaps in that moment when the harvester broke for a meal, he would certainly be unsuccessful in taking the whole. But when God brings His judgment there is no stopping Him, but for His mercy. Whether it is:
  • The nation of Edom in old, or
  • Governments of the world or
  • Individuals in any time of life
our hope is only the mercy of God. Anyone would be wise to seek it. [1] 1 Thessalonians 5:2   To my readers: I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below. For this and more than 3800 earlier Daily Visits with God visit Pastor Marvin McKenzie’s blogger page. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit Bible Baptist Church of Puyallup.

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