Don’t Make Me Angry; You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

(Today's post by Chris Queen)

Obadiah

When the Babylonians came to take the Israelites into exile, the Edomites joined the Babylonians in looting the land belonging to their cousins. So even though the Edomites were relatives to the people of Israel, they were enemies of God (and thus enemies of Israel). As such, God revealed specific plans to pour out His wrath on them:

2 “See, I will make you small among the nations; you will be utterly despised. 3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ 4 Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord.

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12 You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble. 13You should not march through the gates of my people in the day of their disaster, nor gloat over them in their calamity in the day of their disaster, nor seize their wealth in the day of their disaster. 14 You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble.

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18Esau will be stubble, and they will set him on fire and destroy him. There will be no survivors from Esau.” The Lord has spoken.

On the other side of the coin, in verse 17, God promises that the land belonging to His people “will be deliverance” and “holy, and Jacob will possess his inheritance.” The final statement in the book – verse 21 – states that “the kingdom will be the Lord’s.”

It’s kind of easy for someone who is a follower of Jesus to view his salvation with a sense of satisfaction that may even border on smugness. Instead, we ought to be grateful that we are not enemies of God.

Practice your gratefulness to God today. Be glad – and thankful – that you’re counted as an Israelite, not an Edomite.

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