Thursday, August 11, 2011

The comfort of God's sovereignty

Saviors shall go up to Mount Zion to rule Mount Esau, and the kingdom shall be the LORD's.
Obadiah 1:21

In the end, God rules everything. This is the eschatological summary of all things. It is the conclusion that Obadiah reaches about Edom. Mount Zion (where the temple of God sits) overrules Mount Esau (the center of Edom's political power). The Lord would provide salvation for His people Israel. They would be restored by human deliverers who would bring them back to the land as God honored His covenant with the nation. And they would reign where Edom fell.

It took a long time for Obadiah's vision to be reality. In fact, Edom endured in various forms right through to New Testament times. Herod the Great was an Edomite. But eventually, Edom's demise was inevitable. And today, Israel is a thriving nation. Edom is a tourist destination for wandering archeological ruins. God honored His covenant and His prophetic word. The Word of God is established by our knowledge that what Obadiah predicted, God brought to pass in hundreds of years of human history. It is fact. It is verifiable and in the realm of established knowledge now. When God says something, it is guaranteed. His truth is indisputably real.

God will turn the tables on any human event. Nothing is outside the power of His sovereign control. And no human power can supercede what He has willed. That is the comfort and the concern I find in reading the prophets.

- Prepare your minds for action.
1 Peter 1:13

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