The Day of Distress

July 17, 2013 at 8:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Lord, help us to be diligent, alert, self-controlled, and consistent. Keep us from swinging from one mood to the next based on circumstances or fears. Please use us in Your Spirit to be thermostats and not thermometers. Help us to reflect Your glory, not the attitudes of this world. In the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.

Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament. It is about the Edomites, who were the descendants of Esau. The Jewish people were supposed to consider the Edomites to be their “brothers.”

Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land.

Deuteronomy 23:7

But the Edomites did not feel this way about the Jewish people.

Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:

Ezekiel 35:5

The Edomites had assisted the enemies of the Jewish people.

For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

Obadiah vv. 10-11

Watching and assisting was as bad as doing. For Christians today, this is the spiritual equivalent of hindering, or refusing to help with, evangelism. Are we being accomplices to the devil or the world?

The Edomites also rejoiced over what was happening.

But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

Obadiah v. 12

We must never inwardly rejoice over the problems of others.

The Edomites also assisted in the plundering.

Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity; Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.

Obadiah vv. 13-14

Finally, the Edomites had no fear of the Lord.

For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.

Obadiah vv. 15-16

We’re drinking in God’s blessings today, but there is a cup of wrath being prepared that some will not be able to refuse. There will be a reaping of what was sewn in cold-heartedness, lack of love, even hatred and gloating over others. Pride is never a good thing before God, and it is extremely important to stay in an attitude of repentance.

How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!

Obadiah v. 6

Nothing is hidden from God. We have nothing stored up in such a way that He can’t take it from us. Let us emulate Christ and empty ourselves out, so that God won’t have to do it for us. The emptying out of self results in the filling of God. Apart from God we are at the mercy of merciless enemies.

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