Saturday, May 23, 2009

Obadiah?!

Have you read Obadiah lately? I haven't and this morning I thought I would reflect on the message. The "minor prophets" provide some very interesting insight into the history of the time and the character of God. Though applying what you learn from these writings may look different from the intent of the words in context to the time they were spoken, God's Word is timeless and you can take to heart and apply what you learn to your world today. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how. I have inserted in red, some comments. If you want to read it without my comments, read here: Book of Obadiah

Obadiah 1 (The Message)
Your World Will Collapse [This is not an encouraging start, but don't get too discouraged...]
1 Obadiah's Message to Edom from God, the Master. We got the news straight from God by a special messenger sent out to the godless nations: "On your feet, prepare for battle; get ready to make war on Edom! [...ready...action!...]

2-4 "Listen to this, Edom: I'm turning you to a no-account, the runt of the godless nations, despised. You thought you were so great, perched high among the rocks, king of the mountain, Thinking to yourself, 'Nobody can get to me! Nobody can touch me!' Think again. Even if, like an eagle, you hang out on a high cliff-face, Even if you build your nest in the stars, I'll bring you down to earth." God's sure Word. [Pride is not a good thing!]

5-14"If thieves crept up on you, they'd rob you blind—isn't that so? If they mugged you on the streets at night, they'd pick you clean—isn't that so? Oh, they'll take Esau apart, piece by piece, empty his purse and pockets. All your old partners will drive you to the edge. Your old friends will lie to your face. Your old drinking buddies will stab you in the back. Your world will collapse. You won't know what hit you. So don't be surprised"—it's God's sure Word!— "when I wipe out all sages from Edom and rid the Esau mountains of its famous wise men. Your great heroes will desert you, Teman. There'll be nobody left in Esau's mountains. Because of the murderous history compiled against your brother Jacob, You will be looked down on by everyone. You'll lose your place in history. On that day you stood there and didn't do anything. Strangers took your brother's army into exile. Godless foreigners invaded and pillaged Jerusalem. You stood there and watched. You were as bad as they were. You shouldn't have gloated over your brother when he was down-and-out. You shouldn't have laughed and joked at Judah's sons when they were facedown in the mud. You shouldn't have talked so big when everything was so bad. You shouldn't have taken advantage of my people when their lives had fallen apart. You of all people should not have been amused by their troubles, their wrecked nation. You shouldn't have taken the shirt off their back when they were knocked flat, defenseless. And you shouldn't have stood waiting at the outskirts and cut off refugees, And traitorously turned in helpless survivors who had lost everything. [This was a "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" reminder.]

15-18 "God's Judgment Day is near for all the godless nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. [see, told you...] What you did will boomerang back and hit your own head. Just as you partied on my holy mountain, all the godless nations will drink God's wrath. They'll drink and drink and drink—they'll drink themselves to death. But not so on Mount Zion—there's respite there! A safe and holy place! The family of Jacob will take back their possessions from those who took them from them. That's when the family of Jacob will catch fire, the family of Joseph become fierce flame, while the family of Esau will be straw. Esau will go up in flames, nothing left of Esau but a pile of ashes." God said it, and it is so.

19-21 People from the south will take over the Esau mountains; people from the foothills will overrun the Philistines. They'll take the farms of Ephraim and Samaria, and Benjamin will take Gilead. Earlier, Israelite exiles will come back and take Canaanite land to the north at Zarephath. Jerusalem exiles from the far northwest in Sepharad will come back and take the cities in the south. The remnant of the saved in Mount Zion will go into the mountains of Esau and rule justly and fairly, a rule that honors God's kingdom. [Hope and justice will prevail!]

Historically, it is thought that this book was written either 853-841BC during the reign of Jehoram or 627-586BC during the time of Jeremiah (another prophet whose writings you can begin to read here: Jeremiah 1) Regardless of when it was scribed, we can always learn from God's Word.

Remember: The Word of God is alive and powerful, let the Holy Spirit speak to you as you meditate upon His Word day and night. In His Word, we have hope, we put our faith, we learn, we better come to know our God. In His Word is Life: the Way, the Truth and the Life - eternal hope through Jesus Christ. John 14

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