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Scripture reading for September 17th: Obadiah
Jacob and Esau were twin brother born to Isaac and Rebekah as a result of prayer. (Genesis 25:20-23) God gave a prophetic word to Rebekah about the boys in her womb. He said that the older would serve the younger and they would form two distinct nations. These boys were born, Esau first and then Jacob. They were different and had conflict with one another from a young age. They separated for a time and then made up when they came back together, but their offspring were continually in conflict with one another. The book of Obadiah is a prophecy given to Edom about a thousand years after Esau’s time. The conflict had gotten God’s attention and judgment was about to fall!
Esau had become proud and haughty and felt that no one could touch them (Obadiah 3-4), but God said He would bring them down! The reason for their downfall, besides the pride, was violence against Jacob! (Obadiah 10) They failed to help their brothers and instead sided with Jacob’s enemies. They looked down on Israel in their day of calamity and handed over the survivors in the day of trouble. (Obadiah 13-14)
God promised that as they had done, it would be done to them! (Obadiah 15) There is a law of sowing and reaping that no man or nation can escape. How we treat Israel and God’s people is noticed by the Lord. Those who bless Israel will themselves be blessed! Those who mock Israel will themselves be mocked and ultimately destroyed! “The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon you own head. Just as you drank on My holy hill, so all the nations will drink continually; they will drink and drink and be as if they had never been.” (Obadiah 15-16)
Obadiah promised destruction of the house of Esau, but deliverance for Mt. Zion. We in America should take note of this prophetic word in our time and day! We have always been strong supporters of Israel and God has blessed us. When we have gone against Israel, we have suffered. Could it be that our national economic mess is tied to our current weak support of Israel and our insistence that they give away their land? The day of the Lord is near!