Monday, August 8, 2011
God's gonna' cut you down.
The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, "Who will bring me down to the ground?" Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the LORD.
God had plans to alter the opinion that Israel's enemy, Edom, had about its own security. Ethnically, as the descendants of Esau, Edom had a racial connection with the Jews. Both nations were descended from Abraham. But Edom was not a nation that blessed Israel. Instead, they hated them and there was constant friction with Israel. And they had grown proud of their fight with the Jews.
It did not matter that Edom had strong cities carved into cliff faces. It did not matter that they had a firm military advantage. It did not matter that they were strong. And when God has decreed it, the deal is done! That is what this little book of Obadiah is all about.
Part of the reason that I enjoy reading the Old Testament prophets is that they show the wisdom and power of a sovereign God. Many of the words of the minor prophets have already been fulfilled in history. God has shown us that His word is true and that He is in control in human events. We see that in how He handled Edom. We see that in how He speaks into our own lives today!
- Prepare your minds for action.
1 Peter 1:13