Sunday, August 28, 2011

Proud will be brought down

When we look at the picture the scripture from Obadiah makes sense to us.

You have been deceived by your own pride because you live in a rock fortress and make your home high in the mountains. "Who can ever reach us way up here?" you ask boastfully.

Pause and study the photo a moment. It was hard to fight Edom. The location was hard to get to and their homes were built in rock, but still God could bring them down.

Edom is the land of Esau. Esau, the proud brother that sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. Esau, who was tricked by Jacob and did not receive his father's blessing. Esau who we are told God - Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated. So, this is where Esau went to settle and build his home. A man that God hated built this land.

Obadiah and Jonah are the only two minor prophets told to go to someone other than Israel and Judah and give a message. He wasn't going to deliver a welcome message of impending doom for Edom. God rules everyone; whether they believe it or not!

Edom was filled with wise men and sages. It was located on the kings highway and much wisdom from India, Europe, and North Africa all passed through this way. We are told in verse 8 - At that time not a single wise person will be left in the whole land of Edom...God didn't think they were too wise! Even in verse 9 we are told that the mighty warrior of Teman would be terrified. The name Teman is derived from the name of Esau's grandon. So the terror would run deep...way back and the land destroyed!

How wise are we without God?

We will be like the Edomites and loose it all without the One True God!

Lord, help us all to gain the wisdom that you desire for each of us. The wisdom that only You are able to provide. The wisdom of helping each other, true compassion for others, that you alone sent your Son to die for each of us and that this is the only way to walk through that narrow gate. Thank you for loving each of us sooooo very much and for the grace and mercy that absolutely no one deserves or understands! Amen

Sweet blessings,

1 comment:

Frankie said...

Wow! Interesting information that you have shared with us today. Thank you! The fear of the Lord is wisdom.